With SWORD in her hand, ‘Bhavani Devi’ carries forward India’s forgotten legacy...

C.A. Bhavani Devi
With SWORD in her hand, ‘Bhavani Devi’ carries forward India’s forgotten legacy...

Many of us may not even be aware of ‘Fencing’ as a sporting discipline. Fencing is a combat sport using bladed weapons where competitors – both individual and team events – compete on a stringent point scoring system where points are awarded by making a direct strike at an opponent. And fewer still would know the sportspersons who represent our country in recognized international fencing tournaments. This foundation for the sport was laid down in India by ‘The Fencing Association of India’ in 1974 and recognized by the Indian Government in 1997. One such player, an Indian sabre fencer, who made us proud by bringing home Gold is C.A. Bhavani Devi, a true source of inspiration for the women of today. She has encountered many hardships to pursue the sport of her choice and ultimately, she has excelled in it. To become a fencer, one not only needs talent but also a lot of discipline in training, application of mind and quick decision-making. Born in Chennai, and at a young age of 23, she has made our country proud by winning the first ever Gold by a woman fencer at the Turnoi Satellite World Cup in Iceland, 2017. She is currently ranked No.36 in the world and is a strong bet for Tokyo 2020.

Quick Facts

Name C.A. Bhavani Devi
imd1 for Sabre Fencing, Sport
Birthday 27th August 1993
  • Won Gold at The Satellite World Cup in Iceland, 2017
  • Won Gold at Tuscany Cup in Italy, 2014
  • Won Silver at Asian Championship - Under 23 category in Philippines, 2014 (The First Indian to do so)
  • Won Bronze at Commonwealth Championship, 2012
  • Won Bronze at Cadet Asian Championship, 2010
  • Won Bronze at Asian Championship - Under 23 category, 2015
Place from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Team imd1 had a chat with her a few days ago, read on to know her further!

Beyond Fencing

Food I love Sambar Rice
Food I hate Bitter Gourd
Had I not been in Fencer then Would have completed Post Graduation in Commerce and taken up a job
Like Vacations at An Island
Favorite Past time Reading Autobiographies, Fictional books and watching movies
Favorite Dialogue Mere baare mein itna mat sochna dil mein aata hoon samajh mein nahi
Favorite Movies/Series Bahubali & Singham
Favorite Actor/Actress Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan & Surya (South Actor)