The regulation body believes that the girl might have the required abilities to be inducted into their academy.
15-year-old Jyoti Kumari cycled over 1200 kilometres along with her ailing father to reach Bihar from Gurugram. Now, she might be rewarded by the Cycling Federation of India due to the calibre that she displayed through her humongous effort. The nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis has been implemented for almost two months now. Plenty of stranded migrant labours and workers have been determined to return back to their native residences during this time period.
As of May 14th, the Shramik Special trains came to the rescue of more than a million such passengers and these numbers have only increased in the past week. Yet, several such individuals took their own route to reach their respective abodes due to various reasons.
One of them was Jyoti Kumari, who reached her destination after a span of seven days. Onkar Singh is the Chairman of the CFI and he has stated to PTI that the girl would be invited for a trial next month. The officials have even contacted her for the same. “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,” Singh mentioned.
Jyoti has a promising offer up for grabs if she manages to pass the test too. Apparently, she would be selected as a trainee at the National Cycling Academy which is based in the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Indraprastha, Delhi. The Union Cycliste Internationale-recognized academy boasts of one of the most remarkable training facilities in Asia. It comes under the purview of the Sports Authority of India too.
The Cycling Federation is being considerate with respect to having the eighth-grade student over for trials. Singh observed, “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.”
They are hopeful of the potential that the girl boasts of too. Onkar Singh believes that she must have something special in her to have cycled for such a large distance. “She(Jyoti Kumari) must have something in her. I think cycling down more than 1200km is not a mean job. She must be having the strength and physical endurance. We want to test it,” he stated.
Jyoti’s father was an auto-rickshaw driver who suffered an injury in the recent past. Due to the lockdown, he wasn’t able to manage any source of income either and had to return the auto-rickshaw to the owner. He and his daughter bought a cycle from whatever money they had left and completed their journey from May 10-May 16.
When Singh was asked about on the parameters in which Jyoti would be judged in her trials, he explained, “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.” The Chairman also said that they had almost 10 cyclists in the 14-15 age group in their academy and they were accordingly keen to nurture more talents too.