Girl who pedalled injured dad across India offered national team trial
A 15-year-old girl who pedalled her injured migrant-worker father more than a thousand kilometres across India after a coronavir s lockdown left them destitute has been invited to try out for the national cycling team.
Jyoti Kumari rode a bicycle with her father, Mohan Paswan, sitting on the pillion and holding their belongings from Gurugram city, near New Delhi, to their village in the northeastern state of Bihar, local media reported.
They arrived home on May 16 after covering 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) in seven days.
Paswan, a motorised rickshaw driver, was among millions of migrant workers left jobless after the country was suddenly locked down in March to slow the spread of the vir s.
With no money to pay rent or buy food and public transport halted, many walked or -- like Kumari and Paswan -- rode bicycles back to their villages.
The father and daughter's arduous journey on a second-hand bike bought with their remaining funds made headlines.
It also caught the attention of the Cycling Federation of India, which offered Kumari the chance to try out for the country's team.
"She covered this distance in seven days with her father and some luggage too. I thought she has something in her... that endurance level. We can try her," chairman Onkar Singh told AFP.
"She said she only wants to pursue her studies. We told her that we also take care of studies at our academies."
The cycling body expects Kumari to travel to Delhi after nationwide travel restrictions are lifted.
Singh said the federation would test Kumari to see if she is suitable for competitive cycling.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US Presi nt Donald Trump, praised Kumari's efforts in a tweet, describing it as a "beautiful feat of endurance & love."
Excellent dedication shown by young Jyoti Kumari. That is an extremely long distance to haul that, umm, large of a load on a bicycle.
That’s the best thing I’ve heard all day
Now who needs a son when he has 1 of 4 daughters that can bike 106 in 1 day for 7 days with excess baggage. Unbelievable
You go girl, literally.
I thought their giving the family job or money or something to help the whole family. Instead, just a try out.
What a wonderful positive story in this crazy mixed up time.
Ivanka, please send her money to help their family.
It is a wonderful feat by this girl.
Eh, what? I have been riding bicycles for 55 years, and I never heard of a pillion. What part of a bicycle is that?
If she doesn't make it offer her a job with the team.
I wish her luck.
Spoiler alert - the feat is highly exaggerated. I guarantee it.
That was a good story until you mentioned Ivanka
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Btw daughters are better than sons...usually. girls give better customer service too at businesses.
Over 100 miles a day?Now that is impressive for anyone let alone a 15 year old.
Oh, please, Ivanka. Give us a break.
Proof that daughters are better than sons. Boys are lazy. Good for nothing.
Perhaps Ivanka can give Donnie a ride to a psychiatric hospital.
I am originally from Bihar. Proud of her. This is the befitting response to Modi's vir s.
YOU GO, GIRL!!!
Cyling Federation should provide a plane or train ticket, if not at least a bus ticket on her trial at the academy. Don't make her to ride the bicycle on the trip.