The Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world as well as India. The virus has especially affected the migrant workers who have had to travel thousands of kilometers to their homes. One such story is of a 15-year old Jyoti Kumari.
Daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver in Gurugram, her father Mohan Paswan lost his source of income after getting injured. The lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 left their family in a dire situation.
Taking the matter into her own hands, Jyoti bought a bicycle with the money the father-daughter duo had. They started the journey on May 10 and reached their native place in Bihar which is 1200km from Gurugram. Jyoti had her father sit at the rear end of the bicycle.
SAI arranges trails for Jyoti Kumari
Her sheer commitment has caught the eyes of officials from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The Cycling Federation of India which is backed by SAI has invited Jyoti for trails next month.
Onkar Singh who is the Chairman of the Cycling Federation of India Chairman said that if Jyoti passes the trails, she will be joining National Cycling Academy as a trainee. The academy is situated at the Indira Gandhi International stadium complex and is one of the best training facilities in India.
“We spoke to the girl this morning and we have told her that she will be called to Delhi next month as soon as the lockdown is lifted. All the expenses of her travel, lodging and others will be borne by us,” Singh said in an interview to PTI
“If she needs to accompany somebody from home, we will also allow that. We will see in consultation with our Bihar state unit on how she can be brought to Delhi for a trial,” he added.
“We will make her sit on the computerised cycle we have at the academy and see if she satisfies the seven or eight parameters to get selected. After that, she can be among the trainees and she will not have to spend anything.”
“We have nearly 10 cyclists in the age group of 14-15 in the academy. So we want to nurture young talents.” (H/T – NDTV)