The sabre fencer secured a spot in the World Cup in Hungary after the hosts lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, allowing South Korea to progress to the semi-final

C.A. Bhavani Devi became the first Indian fencer to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The sabre fencer secured a spot in the World Cup in Hungary after the host lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, allowing Korea to progress to the last four. Bhavani qualified through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Method.

Two individual spots were up for grabs for the Asia-Oceania region based on the world rankings as of April 5, 2021. She is ranked 45th and occupies one of the two available slots based on the ranking.

The 27-year-old’s qualification will be confirmed when the rankings are made official on the aforementioned date.

“It’s been my dream. I have been working hard for the last five years for this. My special thanks to my (late) father and mother for believing in me.

“I take this opportunity to thank my sponsors, Fencing Association of India and the media.

“Though I lost early in the round of 96 at the World Cup in Budapest, I was able to maintain the points I got in the World Championship last year.

“By remaining in the top-2 in Asia by virtue of my points, I was able to make the cut for Tokyo.”

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