Bihar girl, who cycled 1200 km carrying father, to be called for trial by cycling federation

Stuck in Gurugram due to nation-wide lockdown, a tenacious Jyoti asked her father to sit on the rear side carrier of her cycle and took him to his native place, covering 1200km in seven days.

Press Trust of India May 21, 2020 18:38:48 IST
Bihar girl, who cycled 1200 km carrying father, to be called for trial by cycling federation

In what could be a life-changing opportunity, the cycling federation will invite 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari to appear for a trial next month, impressed with her sheer doggedness with which she pedalled her way to Bihar from Gurugram, carrying her ailing father.

Bihar girl who cycled 1200 km carrying father to be called for trial by cycling federation

The nationwide lockdown has forced mass exodus of migrant labourers.

Stuck in Gurugram due to nation-wide lockdown, a tenacious Jyoti asked her father to sit on the rear side carrier of her cycle and took him to his native place, covering 1200km in seven days.

Cycling Federation of India Chairman Onkar Singh told PTI that if Kumari, a Class 8 student, passed the trial, she will be selected as a trainee at the state-of-the-art National Cycling Academy at the IGI Stadium complex here.

The academy, under the aegis of Sports Authority of India, is one of the most advanced facilities in Asia and has the recognition of UCI, the world body of the sport.

"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 other costs will be borne by us," Singh said.

"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.

Asked about the rationale behind offering a trial to the youngster, Singh said, "She must have something in her. I think cycling down more than 1200km is not a mean job. She must be having strength and physical endurance. We want to test it."

"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."

Jyoti's father, Mohan Paswan, an autorickshaw driver in Gurgaon got injured and the lockdown left him without any source of income. He had to return the autorickshaw to the owner.

The father and daughter duo started their journey from Gurgaon on 10 May after buying a cycle with whatever money they had and reached their village on 16 May.

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