CHENNAI: After changing into the primary Indian fencer to qualify for the Olympics, Bhavani Devi is assured that extra gamers will take up fencing as a profession within the close to future and the game will see extra participation from ladies.
The 27-year-old has certified for the Olympics via the Adjusted Official Rating (AOR) methodology. Bhavani identified the struggles she confronted in the course of the preliminary years and credited her household for the fixed assist which helped her overcome each impediment.
“I’m completely satisfied to grow to be the primary Indian and lady to qualify for the Olympic video games in fencing. There had been a variety of battle at first however since I had confronted a variety of obstacles and had overcome these with the assistance of my household, I began getting assist from completely different sources, and with the assistance from their assist, I may obtain this. It is not a results of Bhavani. It is a outcome for the entire fencing neighborhood,” Bhavani instructed ANI.
“Sports activities Authority of India, Sports activities Growth Authority of Tamil Nadu and Ministry of Sports activities, and now everyone seems to be supporting fencing. Fencing is been included in precedence sports activities, I’m positive from now onwards extra folks will take up fencing as a profession,” she added.
Final week, Bhavani stormed into the semifinals of the Ladies’s Sabre Particular person competitors within the thirty first Senior Nationwide Fencing Championships on the Delhi Public Faculty.
Bhavani hopes to see extra ladies take sports activities as a profession in India. She highlighted how PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, and PT Usha have modified the panorama for ladies in sports activities however added that also, the participation from ladies is much less.
“After I began there have been many college students however I used to be the one one who continued the fencing path and all credit score goes to my household as they by no means mentioned no to fencing. They understood the fervour I had for this sport,” Bhavani mentioned.
“Sports activities continues to be India thought of as males carriers and never for feminine. Now it is slowly getting modified after the achievements of P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal P.T USHA, and many others however nonetheless, the numbers are much less. I’m positive now on ladies will take sports activities as a provider,” she added.
Bhavani additionally mentioned the Tamil Nadu scholarship (sports activities) scheme benefited her in reaching the dream.
“In Tamil Nadu, we’ve a scholarship scheme to organize for the Olympics. In 2016, I used to be chosen for this scheme. I used to be completely satisfied that they select an athlete for fencing. It clearly reveals the federal government is eager on creating ladies in sports activities,” mentioned Bhavani.
“I’m grateful to Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju final week, he congratulated me for qualifying for the Olympics. He mentioned, they included fencing in precedence video games two years in the past and he was very completely satisfied that after the inclusion we obtained the outcome,” she signed off.