India’s riders ordered out of Asian Games

India’s sports ministry has denied permission to the equestrian squad to take part in the Asian Games after China refused to allow their horses in due to strict quarantine laws.

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Published: Sun 14 Nov 2010, 10:37 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:01 AM

India had proposed to send eight horses to the Games, but the government backed out after Chinese authorities cleared just three for the trip to Guangzhou.

The sports ministry told the Equestrian Federation of India that permission to take part in the Games had been withdrawn even as the horses were about to be shipped in from Bangalore.

“It is learnt that the horses are yet to leave Bangalore where they have been quarantined because full clearance from Chinese authorities is still awaited,” the ministry wrote.

“Your proposal of sending three horses cleared by Chinese authorities against the original proposal of eight horses is not acceptable to this ministry.”

The ministry added that two of the horses cleared had not been entered for the team events and hence it was “constrained to withdraw” the participation of the team.

Indian riders were considered strong contenders to win medals in the competition. They had won a bronze at Doha four years ago.

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