You gave your best and that is all that counts, PM Narendra Modi tells fencer CA Bhavani Devi after Tokyo Olympics loss

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (July 25, 2021) told CA Bhavani Devi, India’s first-ever fencer in the Olympics, that the country is very proud of her contributions. Prime Minister Modi’s words of encouragement came after Bhavani Devi lost to the world number three in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Bhavani became India’s first fencing player to win a match at the Olympics after defeating Nadia Azizi on Monday but lost the round of 32 match hours later against France’s Manon Brunet.
Following her loss, Devi took to her official Twitter account and apologised for not being able to win. 

The 27-year-old wrote, “Big Day. It was Excitement & Emotional. I won the First Match 15/3 against Nadia Azizi and become the First INDIAN Fencing Player to win a Match at Olympic but 2nd Match I lost 7/15 against world top 3 player Manon Brunet. I did my level best but couldn’t win. I am sorry”

She also thanked PM Modi, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur among others for standing by her. 

In reply, the Prime Minister told her that she gave her best and that is all that counts. 

“Wins and losses are a part of life. India is very proud of your contributions. You are an inspiration for our citizens,” PM Modi tweeted. 

Replying to Modi’s tweet, Devi said, “When your inspiration icon calls you an inspiration, what better day I can ask for? Your words motivated me, PM Narendra Modi.”

She added, “You stood by me even at losing the match, this gesture and leadership has given me the boost and confidence to work hard and win upcoming matches for India.” 

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