China's first ever Olympic eventing team secure major funding

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Following on from last week's success in France when China qualified their first ever eventing team appearance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Chinese Equestrian Association has managed to secure funding for China.

Led by Alex Hua Tian, he and his teammates achieved their goal grabbing qualification last week in Saumur, France.

Stepping away from his previous success at an individual level, Hua Tian drove his team forward to achieve a dream result and confirm their appearances at the Olympic games.

The Inner Mongolian Rider Horse Industry hosted a sponsorship signing event for the future Olympians in Beijing. Pledging RMB 5 million for the team, the secretary of the Chinese Equestrian Association (CEA), Zhong Guowei and Vice President of Rider Horse Industry, Ding Quan signed a partnership agreement.

In addition to the lucrative sponsorship agreement, CEA President Zhang Xiaoning awarded Lang Lin, Chairman of Rider Horse Industry, an order of merit as the sponsor of Chinese National Equestrian Team.

Hua Tian expressed his gratefulness for the new source of funding, "I'm very proud to be here in Beijing with my teammates. For me, 18 months ago I really didn't think that we had an opportunity for the Chinese team to qualify. But we had an open door for us to walk through in term of the qualification. I'm very proud of my teammates because it takes a lot of strength of character; it takes a lot of risks and it takes a lot of effort, blood, sweat and tears for us to get to this point."

For the upcoming competitions, Hua Tian definitely has high hopes and dreams for the Tokyo 2020 Games. However, in the short term, Hua Tian has set the immediate goal for his side to maintain their good form in training and to carry their momentum into next year's games.

"For us it is the first time of a team. We are very inexperienced in comparison to the traditional nations, so expectations perhaps are not high, but that means that we can do our own thing and try to do our best." said Hua Tian.

"A lot of things go right, and a lot of things go wrong, you need to wait until the last minute. I hesitated to set myself goals, I just try to do my best."

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