While media and fans hordes Indian cricketers at the airport whether they are heading for a match or returning from one, India’s women’s chess champion was not even given a glance when she returned to the country after winning the Bronze medal at the World Chess Championship.
India’s Harika Dronavalli returned from Tehran, Iran on March 5 and was greeted by a lonely airport when she returned.
While players from the various field of sports are usually greeted with sounds of dhol, garlands and family basking in the glory alongside their loved ones, Dronavalli just had her parents coming to the airport with not even an official from All India Chess Federation (AICF) being present there.
The tournament, which started on February 11 and drew to a close on March 5 had 64 members competing and fighting for a chance to win Gold for their country.
While many known names preferred to stay out of the world event as it is compulsory to wear hijab in Iran, Dronavalli, not only went to represent India but also fought hard till the semi-final tie-break where she lost to eventual champion Tan Zhongyi of China.
As the feelings have started to sink in, catching up on 😴💤🍲🍫🍰🍨and quality family time is priority 😉 pic.twitter.com/jTJFi9GHKNAdvertisement
— Harika Dronavalli (@HarikaDronavali) March 1, 2017
Unfortunately, many no longer give importance to the World Championship and thus chose to ignore the 26-year-old’s feat and not even give her a proper welcome at the airport.
Harika, besides Bronze in 2017’s World Chess Championship, also won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Chess Championship and 2016 World Chess Championship.