“We Feel Inconsolable”: French Equestrian Made to Withdraw From Tokyo, japan Olympic games2020 Days Prior to the Event

France’s equestrian medal hopes at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 have just taken a huge hit. Tom Carlile and his horse Birmane, who are part of France’s eventing team, will not take part at the Olympics despite being in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENTArticle continues below this adDue to the horse showing signs of a slight injury in the pre-competition warm-ups, the pair have no choice but to withdraw from the Games.French rider Tom Carlile forced to withdraw days ahead of eventing competition at Tokyo Olympics 2020ADVERTISEMENTArticle continues below this adRanked #37 in the world, Carlile looked in fine fettle heading into Tokyo. In fact, the Frenchman came second with Birmane in the in the CCI-4* competition held in the French town of Saumur in April this year.However, the mare showed signs of a possible niggle in his muscles, which could damage the horse. Despite arriving in Tokyo, this injury forces Carlile out of eventing competition which will take place on August 2.The 34-year-old took to Instagram to share a post announcing his withdrawal. In the post, he admitted that although his horse’s struggles weren’t a secret, he still felt extremely upset about the news. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Tom Carlile (@tom.carlile)He said, “It’s no secret she has suffered from this muscle problem in the past, but for more than two seasons we’ve managed it perfectly to get her ready for the Olympics. We feel inconsolable to see the dream slip away from our fingertips.”However, Carlile didn’t end his message in disappointment. He finished his message with the hope of returning to different podiums with Birmane in the future. “She will come home healthy once her friends have taken part in the Games and we hope to see her at the top of the podium again soon,” said the 34-year-old.DIVE DEEPERWorld #1 vs Olympic Champion: Who Prevailed in the First Leg of the Tokyo
Olympics 2020 Dressage Individual Qualifiersabout 17 hours agoKarim Laghouag will replace Carlile in TokyoTravelling alternate Karim Laghouag and his horse Triton Fontaine will replace Carlile and Birmane in the French eventing team.ADVERTISEMENTArticle continues below this ad View this post on InstagramA post shared by Karim Laghouag (@karimlaghouag_officiel)The 45-year-old, ranked #66 in the world, won a gold medal in team eventing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He will partner Christopher Six with Totem de Bracy and Nicolas Touzaint with Absolut Gold HDC in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENTArticle continues below this adWATCH STORY: Most Exciting Equestrian Jump-Offs at Olympic Games