All of us aware of 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari who cycled from Gurugram to Darbhanga in Bihar covering 1200 km in 8 days with her father riding pillion as the surgery on his left knee rendered him unable to walk properly.
Subsequently, the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) invited her to appear for a trial at the IGI Stadium complex in New Delhi following which she could train at the National Cycling Academy.
Bihar girl Jyoti Kumari Paswan, who cycled 1200 km carrying her father from Gurugram to Darbhanga, speaks about the challenges and difficulties she faced in completing the journey. #NewsToday pic.twitter.com/chENnSVDWV
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However, according to The Indian Express, she has expressed an interest in completing her schooling.
“I wish to complete my studies first. I also feel physically weak now after such a long arduous journey. Earlier, I could not continue my school education because of my family problems and I was occupied with domestic work… but now I wish to complete my matriculation first.”
Bihar school girl #JyotiKumari's father Mohan Paswan said that his daughter will appear for the cycling trials once the lockdown ends but at the moment finishing matriculation is her primary aim #CoronavirusLockdown #COVID19Pandemic pic.twitter.com/CELKM6vzSF
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NDTV quoted her father Mohan Paswan saying,
“Yes we received the call from New Delhi. We said she needs rest now maybe after two-three months we will see. We will surely send for the trials after the lockdown is lifted. She was enrolled in class nine yesterday. At the moment, we want her to complete her matriculation.”
Jyoti has received a new bicycle, school uniform, and shoes from the District Magistrate of Darbhanga and is studying in Pindaruch High School.