Thursday, Dec 02, 2004
Front Page |
Tamil Nadu |
Andhra Pradesh |
New Delhi |
Other States |
Advts: Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |
By Our Staff Reporter
HYDERABAD, DEC. 1. It was a reception that wasn't befitting the newly-crowned world champion.
Pentyala Harikrishna, World Junior Chess champion, arrived to a quiet welcome at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here this evening, save for a few fans who cheered him.
A beaming Harikrishna hugged his father, P. Nageswara Rao, mother, Padmavathi, and soon was joined by his grandfather, Ranga Rao.
The champion's face lit up when he saw his sister who came with her friends and neighbours.
He seemed to be just waiting for this occasion. "Definitely there will be more pressure on me because of greater expectations. But it shouldn't be a problem," he said.
Acknowledging the influence of playing along with his childhood hero, Viswanathan Anand, in the recent Olympiad, 18-year-old champion said the crown would spur him to win big titles in future.
"I badly need a second and it is going to be a very costly affair. I am desperately looking for a sponsor," Harikrishna said.
The Andhra Pradesh Chess Association president, D.T. Nayak, said the association would try to rope in sponsors to help the player.
The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |
Copyright © 2004, The
Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of
this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of