New Delhi: The world five-time chess champion Viswanathan Anand who had gone to Germany to take part in the Bundesliga Chess tournament, was slated to return on March 16.
However, he had to extend his stay due to flight restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.
As the Government of India plans to facilitate the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad in a phased manner, Aruna, wife of chess champion said that the Berlin Embassy in Germany has not received any notification so far.
The Ministry of Home Affairs released a statement regarding evacuation of stranded Indians which read: “Government of India will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner. The travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships. The Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) has been prepared in this regard.”
Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens.