Bihar girl Jyoti Kumari to appear for cycling trials but studies first priority, says father

Bihar school girl Jyoti Kumar, who cycled 1200 km with her injured father, will focus on her studies at the moment but will attend trials, her father Mohan Paswan said.

Bihari schoolgirl Jyoti Kumar with her father (@rsprasad Twitter Photo)


  • Jyoti Kumari made headlines for cycling 1200km with her injured father
  • We will surely send for the trials after the lockdown is lifted: Jyoti’s father
  • Rendered jobless because of the extended lockdown, Jyoti was forced to ferry her father from New Delhi

Bihar schoolgirl Jyoti Kumari, who cycled 1200 km with her injured father from New Delhi to Darbhanga, will appear for Cycling Federation of India trials once the lockdown ends even though finishing matriculation is her primary aim.

“We will surely send for the trials after the lockdown is lifted. She was enrolled into class nine yesterday. At the moment, we want her to complete her matriculation,” her father Mohan Paswan told PTI from Sirhulli near Darbhanga.

Rendered jobless and penniless because of the extended COVID-19 lockdown, the 15-year-old was forced to ferry her father who was unable to walk properly after surgery to his left knee following an accident.

‘We have received a call from New Delhi

As the story went viral, the CFI duly took note of Jyoti’s incredible feat of cycling more than 1200-kilometers spanning over a week.

“Yes we received the call from New Delhi (Cycling Federation of India). We said she needs rest now maybe after two-three months we will see,” Paswan, who fractured his leg in an accident while driving his auto-rickshaw in January, said.

Jyoti later went to tend to her father as the COVID-19 pandemic followed with the nationwide lockdown.

“We saw many of the fellow migrant workers walking home. But I could barely walk so we bought a second-hand bicycle and started our journey on May 7,” Paswan recalled.

In her village Jyoti had earlier regulary cycled 5 kms to reach to her school.

“Jyoti cycled for long hours even during the night and we managed to hitch rides on trucks and tractors for stretches across Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

The District Magistrate of Darbhanga has also reached out to her and enrolled her in class nine at the Pindaruch High School.

She has also been given a brand new bicycle, school uniform and shoes for her higher education. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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