History was complete in Morocco over the weekend when Egypt qualified a showjumping side for the Tokyo Olympics. Olympic fans from all over the world are requested to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Eventing followers can book Olympic Eventing Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
This will be the country’s first equestrian team appearance at the Games since Rome in 1960, where their show jumpers finished fourth. Egypt’s quartet of Mohamed Taher Zeyada (Vizalaty), Nayel Nassar (Lucifer V), Abdel Said (Venise Du Reverdy) and Sameh El Dahan (Suma’s Zorro) won the Nations Cup competition on Sunday (13 October) with a team score of four, just one point ahead of Switzerland after two rounds of jumping.
“It’s incredible!” said Egypt’s Abdel Said who runs his own yard in Antwerp, Belgium, and came home with just a time fault in each round.
“When we came here we knew we had a good chance because our riders are strong and compete all over the world,” he added. “But not only to qualify for Tokyo but to also win this Nations Cup is a huge boost for us. This has been a target for the last two years,” he explained.
We really wanted to qualify and we took a gamble with the team we sent to Barcelona [for the Longinus FEI Jumping Nations Cup final last weekend) but it didn’t work out great. But we brought our A-team here and this has happened — it’s unbelievable.
Tokyo is where we all want to get to — I’ve always dreamed of competing at the Olympic Games. Egypt has been represented at the last three Olympic Games by showjumper Karim El Zoghby, who competed as an individual.
Qatar’s 28 faults in eighth place were enough to claim the second ticket to next year’s Olympics in this 14-team Nations Cup competition. With six countries in the region vying for qualification, it would be Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the UAE who missed out.