Over the past few weeks, we have seen how the lockdown has affected migrant workers who have not only been rendered jobless but are also devoid of a roof above their heads and have barely any means to go back to their hometown.
One such person is an autorickshaw driver in Delhi who recently got injured after which his daughter, 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari, carried him on a bicycle and paddled for 1,200 kilometres to reach their hometown Darbhanga, Bihar, reported India Today. It took 7 days for her to reach their destination.
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As news of this incident spread, Cycling Federation of India took notice. According to Hindustan Times, the Cycling Federation has decided to invite Jyoti Kumari to appear for a trial next month.
“She must have something in her. I think cycling down more than 1200km is a mean job. She must be having the strength and physical endurance. We want to test it,” said Onkar Singh, the Chairman of the Cycling Federation.
If Jyoti succeeds is able to pass the trial, she will be admitted as a trainee at the National Cycling Academy in Delhi – one of the most advanced facilities in Asia.
Jyoti Kumari will be called to Delhi once the lockdown is lifted. Her travel and lodging expenses will be taken care of by the federation authorities.
Who would have thought fate would take such a wonderful turn for Jyoti! We hope she grabs this opportunity and succeeds in the trial!