The Tokyo Olympics qualified horse Azad Kashmir passed away due to a heart attack in Melbourne. The horse owner Usman Khan covered Azad Kashmir in Olympic flag and laid it to rest.
Usman named his horse Azad Kashmir after the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.
Usman Khan a Pakistan-Australian equestrian who had learnt riding in Lahore, Pakistan had qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2020 along with Azad Kashmir by securing their maiden Olympic spot in the individual discipline during December 2019.
Azad Kashmir was born and bread in New Zealand. Thereafter, Azad was moved to Australia by its owner where it was bought by Usman Khan.
The 38 years old Usman Khan and his horse Azad Kashmir would have been the the first duo with Pakistan descendancy, to perform in Olympics since the creation of the country in 1947.
To achieve this goal, Usman has struggled for 15 years bearing all physical and financial burdens to train the Azad Kashmir.