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Good Sports: Singh Makes History in Equestrian sports

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
February 2024
Good Sports: Singh Makes History in Equestrian sports

Divyakriti Singh, 23, has become the first woman in India to be honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award for equestrian sports. The Arjuna Award is the second highest sporting honor in India, behind only the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

Singh won a gold medal in team dressage at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The International Equestrian Federation describes dressage as the “highest expression” of horse training, in which the horse and the rider are required to perform a series of predetermined movements. Last November, Singh won three individual medals—a silver and two bronze—at the firstever International Dressage Championship for the Saudi Equestrian Federation Cup in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“Horses are really the best creatures in the world,” she said in a recent interview with ESPN India. “They will do anything for you. … If you give them all your love, they will fight for you till the very end.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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