Sword Queen

JYOTIKA DUTTA, 20, Fenc­ing, Pa­tiala/Shimla

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Sil­ver Star Jyotika Dutta, a Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­ist in fenc­ing, has been prac­tis­ing the sport for the past seven years. She has par­tic­i­pated in al­most all ma­jor events in­clud­ing the 2015 youth Asian cham­pi­onship (Mon­go­lia), 2015 Ju­nior Asian Cham­pi­onship (Bahrain), 2016 se­nior Asian Cham­pi­onship (China) and 2016 youth Asian Cham­pi­onship (Ja­pan).

Score Card With na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ti­tles in her kitty, the young girl is an in­spi­ra­tion for other fencers and is touted to be one of the most promis­ing sportsper­sons in the coun­try.

The In­tro­duc­tion Af­ter her cousin, who is also into Fenc­ing, in­tro­duced Dutta to the game, there has been no look­ing back.

The Adren­a­line Rush “This is a game that re­quires very high level of con­cen­tra­tion. It’s ex­cit­ing to get into the psy­che of the op­po­nent and pre­dict his next move,” says Dutta.

Fac­ing Road­blocks “In or­der to ad­vance my train­ing, it is im­por­tant that I go abroad but I am un­able to do so ow­ing to fi­nan­cial con­straints,” she says.

Get, Set, Go At present, Dutta is train­ing for the Asian Cham­pi­onship to be held in Hong Kong in June and the World Cham­pi­onship in Ger­many in July.

For ad­vanced train­ing I need to go abroad, but fi­nance is a ma­jor con­straint.

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