Kerala fencing player wins bronze in National Games, seeks sponsors for international training

BK Rajesh

National Games bronze medalist from Kerala struggles to fend for

osna Christy Jose

Josna Christy Jose hailing from Wayanad’s Vazhavatta has made Malayalis proud by clinching the bronze medal in the women's fencing competition at the National Games 2022. Interestingly, her bronze medal is worth more than that as she only settled for Olympian fencer Bhavani Devi who bagged her third consecutive gold medal.
Since school days itself, Josna was determined to have a career in sports. That’s how she came into the fencing game. According to Josna, Google was her first ‘guru’ in the game.

Josna became a fencing player under the Sports Authority of India’s(SAI) Thalassery unit in 2009. She made it to the national team in the year 2015. Later she became a bronze medal winner in World Fencing Championships(Junior category) and proved her streak.

Now she emerged as one of the promising players in the country. Bhavani has been one of her key challengers in the game. In 2017, Josna managed to win a game against her in National Championship. The score was 15-14.

Josna has been working as a clerk at the SP Office, Kannur. She has been dedicating time for practice from her tight-packed schedule. At present, Sagar S Lagu and Akhila Anil, coaches at SAI are training her.

Meanwhile, she has been trying for improving her game. She has been aspiring to have international exposure which is inevitable for global-scale competitions. However, the training session is a costly affair.

“We should play more games in foreign countries. But without any financial assistance, it is impossible to fend for it. Income from salary won’t be enough to meet such demands. I tried a lot to get sponsors for training, but all my attempts went in vain,” she said.

She pointed out that even Bhavani had struggled a lot to get sponsorships. “However, now she is getting aid from Tamil Nadu government and other private entities. She is going for international training with these financial aids. That exposure helped her in Common Wealth Games and provided entry to Tokyo Olympics,” she added.

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