A pair of Indian kids, whose video of them cartwheeling went viral, will now become full-time trainees at SAI.
The internet can be a really terrible place, but infrequently, some good things can come out of it.
The video of Jashika Khan (11) and Mohammad Azajuddin (12) somersaulting and cartwheeling went viral on social media, when it eventually reached to Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci.
Famed gymnast Nadia Comaneci tweeted the video of two Indian children performing cartwheels and backflips in the street and wrote: “This is awesome”.
Watch the potential future Olympians at work here:
This is awesome pic.twitter.com/G3MxCo0TzG
— Nadia Comaneci (@nadiacomaneci10) August 29, 2019
But those three words may have just changed the lives of those two children as the video caught the attention of India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.
I'm happy that @nadiacomaneci10 tweeted it! As first gymnast who scored perfect 10.0 at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and then, received six more perfect 10s to win three gold medals, it becomes very special. I've urged to introduce these kids to me. https://t.co/ahYVws8VCB
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 30, 2019
The Kolkata duo was recognized and asked to go for trials by Manmeet Singh Goindi, the regional director of Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre.
“They are natural gymnasts. We are just sowing seeds. And we are hopeful of our success,” said Goindi.
The children will be offered food and accommodation, as well as education with top equipment and trainers.
According to reports, the video was shot by their teacher Shekhar Rao who trains underprivileged children.
Residents of Kolkata’s Port area, Jashika is a Class 7 student while Azajuddin studies in Class 8 at the local government school.
Jashika’s father is a driver while her mother works in a tailoring shop.
On the other hand, Azajuddin’s parents are laborers.
Jashika and Azajuddin, who have no experience in gymnastics, were only trying out the moves in front of their dance trainer and that changed their lives.