Hero teenager who biked 1200km home while carrying injured father offered cycling federation trial
An inspirational teenager who managed to bike 1200km home while carrying her injured father in the saddle has been offered a chance to try out for the national cycling team.
Jyoti Kumari, a 15-year-old Dalit girl, managed to cover the distance between the outskirts of Delhi, in India, and her family’s village in Bihar in just eight days.
Her father, Mohan Paswan, is an automatic rickshaw driver who was injured in a road accident earlier this year, leaving him with a physical condition which means he cannot walk long distances.
India’s lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 affected millions of migrant labourers across the country.
Mr Paswan told BBC News Hindi he had been facing eviction from his lodgings near the capital.
He said: “Amid the gloomy situation, Jyoti suggested that we return home.
“I pointed out that we would not be able to find any trains or buses and my condition would not allow me to walk. She said we should get a bicycle.”
The news of Jyoti’s feat spread quickly online this week.
The Cycling Federation of India, the national governing body of cycle racing, immediately offered her a chance to try for its prestigious National Cycling Academy trainee program when lockdown ends.
CFI Chairman Onkar Singh told Indian news agencies that, if Jyoti passes the trial, the organisation will cover all her costs to train at the IGI Stadium complex in Delhi.
He said: “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 will be borne by us.
“She must have something in her. I think cycling down more than 1200 km is not a mean job. She must be having the strength and physical endurance. We want to test it.”
Courtesy : ES