A claim is circulating on social media that CA Bhavani Devi, an acclaimed Indian fencer, has become the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Paris Olympics 2024. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.
Claim: CA Bhavani Devi is the first Indian fencer to qualify for the Paris Olympics 2024.
Fact: As of the time of writing this fact check in February 2024, CA Bhavani Devi has not yet secured qualification for the Paris Olympics 2024. No official reports confirm her qualification, and her name is not listed in the list of confirmed Indian athletes for the upcoming event. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.
To investigate the claim, an internet keyword search was performed to understand more details. No news reports were found that confirmed CA Bhavani Devi’s qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Bhavani Devi herself has also not shared such news on her social media profiles (Instagram and Facebook). Additionally, She is not listed among Indian athletes competing at the forthcoming event. This list is available on the official Olympics website.
Further research revealed that the process for individual qualification in the fencing competition at Paris 2024 is based on the International Fencing Federation’s (FIE) Individual Senior Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) list as of 1 April 2024. Per the official Olympics website, this ranking is determined by the points an athlete accrues between 3 April 2023 and 1 April 2024 during various competitions.
Considering these facts, it is clear that the claim of CA Bhavani Devi’s qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics is premature and incorrect. Additionally, Bhavani Devi debuted at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she became the first Indian fencer to qualify for this mega sporting event. She competed in the Women’s Sabre Individual event at the Tokyo 2020 edition.
To sum up, the assertion that CA Bhavani Devi has secured a place in the Paris Olympics 2024 is False. As of February 2024, she has not yet qualified for the event.