Harika, who played in the Chess Olympiad for a few months as a wife, said that she has achieved what she wanted by winning bronze in the Chess Olympiad.
The 44th Chess Olympiad was held at Mamallapuram, Chennai. Tamil Nadu Government, International Chess Federation (FIDE) and All India Chess Federation (AICF) started the Chess Olympiad at Mamallapuram Four Point Sheraton Hotel on July 28 at a cost of Rs.100 crore. More than 2,000 athletes from 187 countries and 162 countries participated in the women’s category. A total of 11 rounds of matches were played.
In the open category, the Indian B team consisting of Athiban, Gukesh, Pragnananda, Nihal Sarin and Runak Sadwani won the bronze. In the women’s category, full-time wife Harika, Koneru Hampi, R. Indian A team consisting of Vaishali, Bhakti Kulkarni and Thania Sachdev won bronze.
Chess player Harika said about winning bronze:
It has been 18 years since she made her debut for the Indian women’s team at the age of 13. So far I have played in 9 Olympiads. It has been a dream to stand on the medal podium with the Indian team. It has been fulfilled this time.
This is emotional as I have achieved it from 9 months pregnant. Since my doctor told me that I can play in the Olympics if I am in good health as the Olympiad is being held in India, I worked hard to participate in the Olympiad and win a medal. I took every step of my life to make this possible. No baby showers, no parties, no celebrations…all these I decided after winning the medal. I worked hard every day to play well. I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past few months and finally made it. He said that the Indian women’s team has won a medal for the first time in the Olympiad.