TN govt funds fencer Bhavani Devi

The state government has introduced a special incentive scheme to encourage budding sports personalities chosen by a high-level committee.

Bhavani Devi received a cheque of Rs. 5.43 lakh from Tamil Nadu government on Friday.   -  Special Arrangement

Tamil Nadu government today presented a cheque of Rs 5.43 lakh to ace fencer C A Bhavani Devi, for participating in the fencing grand prix held in Mexico last year.

The state government has introduced a special incentive scheme to encourage budding sports personalities chosen by a high level committee.

Under the scheme, the selected candidates’ expenses towards purchase of sport equipment and other necessary expenditures would be borne by the government, an official release said.

Fencer Bhavani Devi was included in the scheme and so far Rs 22.04 lakh has been sanctioned to her, it said.

Similarly, for taking part in the World Championship title in France and Fencing Grand Prix in Mexico, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami handed over the cheque amounting to Rs. 5.43 lakh to the mother of Bhavani Devi on the occasion of the 69th birth anniversary of the late AIADMK Supremo J. Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat, today.