Jyoti Kumari Paswan (C-bottom) and her family will stand in front of their house in the village of Siruhully in the Darbhanga district – One on May 23, 2020 A 15-year-old girl who drove his sick father 1,200 kilometers through India during a nationwide corona virus blockade was given the opportunity to join the national cycling team. (Photo by STR / AFP)
A 15-year-old girl who cycled his injured father as a migrant worker more than a thousand kilometers through India after a coronavirus barrier left her destitute was invited to try it out for the national cycling team.
Jyoti Kumari rode a bicycle with her father Mohan Paswan, sat on the passenger, and kept her belongings from Gurugram near New Delhi to her village in the northeastern state of Bihar, local media reported.
They came home on May 16 after covering 1,200 kilometers in seven days.
Paswan, a motorized rickshaw driver, was among the millions of migrant workers who became unemployed after the country was suddenly banned in March to slow the spread of the virus.
Since there was no money to pay rent or buy groceries, and public transport was stopped, many walked or cycled back to their villages, like Kumari and Paswan.
The tedious journey of father and daughter on a used bicycle that was bought with the rest of the money made headlines.
It also caught the eye of the Indian Cycling Federation, which gave Kumari the chance to try it out for the country's team.
“She covered this distance in seven days with her father and some luggage. I thought she had something in her … this persistence. We can try it, ”Chairman Onkar Singh told AFP.
“She said she just wanted to continue her studies. We told her that we also take care of studying at our academies. "
The Bicycle Department expects Kumari to travel to Delhi after nationwide travel restrictions are lifted.
Singh said the association would test Kumari to determine if it was suitable for cycling.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, praised Kumari's efforts in a tweet and described him as "a beautiful achievement of endurance and love".
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