Bhavani Devi becomes first Indian fencer to qualify for Olympics

The 27-year-old reserved her spot in the Tokyo Olympics through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) method.

Created On: Mar 15, 2021 13:29 ISTModified On: Mar 15, 2021 13:29 IST
Bhavani Devi becomes first Indian fencer to qualify for Olympics

Bhavani Devi created history on March 14, 2021 by becoming the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics. 

The 27-year-old reserved her spot in the Tokyo Olympics through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) method.

The much-awaited tournament will go on floors from July 23rd and will conclude on August 8, 2021. 

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian fencer. He stated that she has become the first-ever Indian fencer to achieve the feat. 

Key Facts

•Bhavani Devi has become the first-ever fencer from India to qualify for the Olympics in women’s individual sabre. 

•She has been trained by SAI coach Sagar Lagu in SAI Training Center, Thalassery. 

Tokyo Olympics 

•The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled to be held last year but they were postponed to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

•While Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 23-August 28, 2021, the Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5.

•International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach assured earlier this week that the Tokyo Olympics will definitely take place. He said that the "question is not whether the Olympics will take place, the question is how."

•He further stated that "Tokyo remains the best prepared Olympic city ever and at this moment, we have no reason to doubt that the Opening Ceremony will take place on July 23rd."

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