Born on August 27, 1993, Bhavani Devi started her sports career in 2003 and the following year was introduced to fencing at school. Devi hadn’t heard of the sport until it was introduced in her school when she was 9, but her endeavour and blazing ambition made her qualify for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
The fencer, who hails from Chennai, qualified for the event during the World Cups in Hungary after the hosts faced a defeat in the quarterfinals, which eventually assisted in Bhavani cutting Tokyo Games. However, the 27-year-old’s journey witnessed a series of struggles especially during her initial years, and now she is filled with confidence to give her best at the showpiece event, scheduled to take place in July-August this year. “Chase your dreams and dreams do come true” – an overjoyed Bhavani Devi wrote on social media after she became the first fencer from India to book an Olympic ticket.