Indian paddler Takeme Sarkar, who has been stuck in Spain for about three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will return home on May 31.

The India No. 14, who hails from Siliguri in West Bengal, had gone to Spain in February for an invitational Spanish League tournament but could not return on March 24 owing to the pandemic.

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“Thankfully my prayers were answered and a flight has been arranged by the Indian embassy in Madrid on May 31,” Sarkar told PTI from Priego de Cordoba, about 400kms from Madrid.

Takeme said she hoped not to be quarantined for two weeks in New Delhi upon returning and requested the West Bengal government to arrange for her return to Siliguri.

“I’ve spent so much in these three months in Spain. Two of my flight tickets had to be cancelled and the return ticket is booked for double the price….

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