From Haryana to Bihar in seven days on cycle!
This 'beautiful feat of endurance and love' by a 15-year-old girl who cycled 1200 kms over a period of seven days has got the world talking.
Jyoti Kumari had travelled from Gurugram (Haryana) to Bihar, taking her ailing father to his native place amid the nation-wide lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus. Jyoti's father Mohan Paswan was injured in an accident during the lockdown, leaving him unable to go home.
When this news hit the headlines in Patna and and shared to all parts of India, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced that, 'if there is potential, Jyoti Kumari will be selected as trainee at National Cycling Academy.'
"I assured @rsprasad ji. Will ask the SAI officials and Cycling Federations of India to report to me after conducting the trials of Jyoti Kumari. If found potential, she will be selected as trainee at the National Cycling Academy in the IGI Stadium complex in New Delhi," Rijiju tweeted while responding to a tweet from law minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad.
As promised 10 days later she has been called for trials by the Cycle Federation of India (CFI).
The CFI Chairman Onkar Singh has confirmed saying that they will conduct Kumar's test. "Yes, we are calling that girl for a trial. We will call her to Delhi and we have our parameters in place, we will conduct a test to check whether she is fit for cycling," Singh told ANI.
"She has some endurance because she has travelled for seven days covering 1200 km. We had a word with that girl yesterday that's why we have called her," he added.
The Darbhanga girl's courageous journey, covering a distance of 1200km in seven days with her father on the rear side moved many, even US President Donald Trump's daughter. Also senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump lauded the spirit of the 15-year-old migrant, terming her act as a "beautiful feat of endurance and love".
Ivanka took to Twitter and wrote, "15 yr old Jyoti Kumari, carried her wounded father to their home village on the back of her bicycle covering +1,200 km over 7 days.
"This beautiful feat of endurance & love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation!"
It soon became an extensive talking point on social media where a new angle emerged - could she pursue cycling as a career?
Reportedly, Jyoti, a class 8 student has said that she would be interested in appearing for the trials.
"Yes I will go for the cycling race," India Today quoted Jyoti.
Appreciation for the teenager is coming from many unknown corners. Even the All India Bank Employees Association ( AIBEA) has provided a financial assistance of Rs 111,000.
According to AIBEA, its Joint Secretary Anirudh Kumar from Patna visited their house in the village and said the union will bear the education cost of Jyoti and her siblings.
However, the family declined the offer as the state government has already said it will provide them school education.
Nevertheless, AIBEA made fixed deposit of Rs 111,000 in Jyoti and her mother''s name and handed over the certificate to her.
This is indeed a heart-warming story to lift our spirits during the COVID-19 times.
With Agency Inputs