Bhavani Devi Becomes The First-Ever Indian Fencer To Qualify For Olympics

Bhavani Devi became the first-ever Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics. The sabre fencer secured herself an Olympic spot as per the ongoing Fencing World Cup on Sunday.

Hosts Hungary lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, which allowed Korea to progress to the semis. Therefore, Bhavani Devi qualified through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Method.

Two individual spots were up for grabs for the Asia and Oceania region based on the World Rankings as of April 5, 2021. She’s ranked 45th and occupied one of the two available spots based on ranking. The 27-year-old’s qualification will be confirmed when the rankings are made official next month.

The Indian trailblazer has given fencing an identity in India and has won several laurels at the international level. The fencer from Tamil Nadu competes in the sabre category.

The eight-time national champion had earlier failed to qualify for Rio Olympics. However, she stepped up her game to secure qualification for the Tokyo Olympics and continued to train in Italy.

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Bhavani Devi on her qualifying for the Olympics. “Congratulations to Indian fencer Bhavani Devi who has qualified for Tokyo Olympics! She has become the 1st ever Indian fencer to achieve the feat. My best wishes to @IamBhavaniDevi,” he tweeted.

 

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