Kiren Rijiju
Indian fencer CA Bhavani Devi Credit-Twitter/@KirenRijiju

Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports on Monday lauded Indian fencer CA Bhavani Devi for qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.

The 27-year-old became the first Indian woman to qualify for fencing in the Olympic Games.

The Olympic Games, which were to be held in Tokyo in Japan last year had to be deferred because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be held from July 23 to August 8 this year.

The young fencer hails from Tamil Nadu and ranks 45th in the world at present.

Devi had managed to secure a spot in the World Cup in Hungary through the Adjusted Official Ranking method.

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“The 1st ever fencer from India to qualify for the @Olympics in women’s individual sabre, Bhavani Devi is trained by our SAI coach Sagar Lagu in SAI Training Center, Thalassery and actively supported by @GoSportsVoices. Thank you @DeepthiBopaiah and team!” tweeted Kiren Rijiju.

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