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First Indian woman fencer Bhavani Devi’s sword in e-auction of gifts, mementos received by PM

The day Bhavani Devi became the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics was a momentous day. She made history by winning her first match at the Tokyo Olympics.
 

First Indian woman fencer Bhavani Devi's sword in e-auction of gifts, mementos received by PM-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 28, 2021, 5:28 PM IST
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The sword of the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for Olympics, Bhavani Devi has been included in the e-auction of gifts and mementos received by the Prime Minister. The auction proceeds will go to ‘Namami Gange Kosh’.

People can participate in the e-auction at pmmementos.gov.in/ till October 7. In the last such auction that took place in 2019, the government had earned Rs 15.13 crore.

The day Bhavani Devi became the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics was a momentous day. She made history by winning her first match at the Tokyo Olympics.

It was a big achievement in itself as no Indian female fencer had reached that level. Though she crashed out of the medal race in the next match, it was enough to lift India's hopes and aspirations.

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The full name of Bhavani Devi, who hails from Tamil Nadu, is Chadalavada Ananda Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi. She started her sports career in 2003, but had no interest in fencing. There is a very interesting story behind Bhavani Devi’s choice for fencing. When she decided to take part in the school games, she came to know that only six children from each class would be selected for the games. By the time Bhavani’s turn came, the children had been selected in all the games. As destiny would have it, no child had enrolled for fencing. Without batting an eyelid, she enrolled herself in this fairly new game and began training. And the rest is history, a PIB report stated.

An eight-time national champion in fencing, Bhavani was among other Olympians felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and she gifted the same fence to the Prime Minister.

Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the entire amount will be deposited in 'NamamiGangeKosh' to make Ganga clean and pure. Last time too the entire auction proceeds were given to 'NamamiGangeKosh'.

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