“Her mother sold jewellery, took loans….”: C.A. Bhavani Devi creates historic debut; here’s the tell-all from her father

New Delhi: “Remember that in difficult times, we don’t give up, we don’t discard our highest ideals. No, we rise up to meet them.” – Michelle Obama. Looks like, this quote turned out to be the reality of India’s pride, C.A. Bhavani Devi, who conquered the world with her win. 

Chandalavada Anandha Sundharaman Bhavani Devi, who was the sole representative of India at fencing in Olympics, has managed to carve a niche for women athletes. On July 26, 2021, CA Bhavani Devi created history by winning the much-eyed Olympics match. Not only this, but she also became the first fencer from India and has proudly represented the country. 

However, the path was surely not easy for Bhavani Devi and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it was filled with sweat, blood and tears. Well, talking about the struggles, C. Sundaramana, the proud father of Bhavani Devi said in an interview, “we don’t like talking about how we’ve scrambled for money because she might read it.”

Adding further to this, Sundaramana said that her mother even sold jewellery, took loans from banks and did the table of talks with the bureaucrats, just to pay the bills of Bhavani for her training in Italy.

Talking about fencing, this is a high-level combat sport. In this game, three disciplines are used which are as follows- the foil, the epee and the sabre. 

How this game is played?

In fencing, there are two competitors and they both face each other by holding a weapon. To gain the point, the opponent tries to strike the other opponent on a target area of the body. 

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Fencing is not a new term in Olympics as this sport has been featured in the International games since 1896. However, women’s individual game was added in 1996, and since then there was no looking back. 

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