Anand lands in India after being stuck in Germany for over three months

Anand was in Germany to play in the Bundesliga chess league in February and was to return to India in March, but got stuck because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand will reach India on Saturday.   -  K.V.S. Giri

Finally, Viswanathan Anand is home. Well, almost.

The five-time World chess champion, who had been stranded in Germany for about three months because of the coronavirus, landed in Bengaluru on Saturday, but he would have to wait for a fortnight to reach his home in Chennai.

“He has gone into 14 days of institutionalised quarantine,” Anand’s wife Aruna told Sportstar over phone.

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Relieved and happy

“He is relieved and happy that he has at last been able to reach India,” said Aruna.

She added that Anand was grateful to the central government for facilitating the return of the Indians stranded in different parts of the world. “He appreciated the efforts the governments took in this regard,” Aruna said. “It certainly would not have been easy to organise all these flights.”

Anand had gone to Germany in February to play in the Bundesliga. The deadly virus stopped the tournament.

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