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DSA helps fencer fund Asiad travel

Silchar Sept. 3: The decks have been cleared for fencer Thoudam Kabita Devi, a resident of Cachar district, to fly to Incheon in South Korea to participate in the 17th Asian Games from September 19 to October 4.

The District Sports Association, Silchar, decided to contribute nearly Rs 2 lakh to ensure her participation.

The 22-year-old Kabita, a participant in the last Asian Games in China, was unsure of her participation as the Fencing Association of India (FAI) had asked her to pay her own bills as an unsponsored national participant.

When the association asked the Assam Fencing Association to bear her expenditure, the latter had approached the Silchar DSA for raising the required funds to enable Kabita to travel to South Korea as a member of the Indian team.

DSA Silchar general secretary Babur Hore told reporters here that the required funds were collected last night with Assam ministers Gautam Roy and Ajit Singh offering Rs 1.8 lakh from their personal kitty. The association contributed the remaining Rs 20,000, enabling Kabita to book her journey to Incheon.

She will be the second participant in the Asian Games from Cachar district.

The first sportsperson was Joymati Devi, who was part of the sepak takraw team that went to China.

Daughter of Govinda Singh, a resident of Talengram village under Lakhipur subdivision in Cachar district, Kabita is at present busy with practice at SAI Guwahati centre.

She finished as runners-up in the national senior fencing championship in Jammu last year, thus ensuring her participation in Asiad as an unofficial aspirant.