Two children from the city have been praised by legendary gymnast Nadia Comaneci and union minister Kiren Rijiju for their cartwheels and somersaults with their bags on their backs on their way to the school. "Outstanding ... on the way to school," posted Comaneci after the video of the children's performance on August 28 went viral on the social media. The legendary gymnast even shared the video on her official twitter handle @nadiacomaneci10 with her comment "This is awesome."
The two children are Jashika Khan(11) nicknamed Lovely, a student of class seven and Mohammed Ijajuddin(12) nicknamed Ali, a student of class eight and residents of Garden Reach area of the city. The video of the acrobatics by the two children was captured on mobile by their dance teacher Shekhar Rao. The video was uploaded in the social media platform by another person the next day. Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor too hailed the kids and wrote: "This is amazing stuff! School kids with the weight of their bags performing whilst walking. Good going kiddos!"
Talking exclusively to Republic TV, Lovely and Ali couldn't hold their joy as they are now the Internet stars. When asked what they want to become when they grow up, both replied: "Gymnastic champion". Expressing their joy, they said they want to represent India and want to get a Gold medal for the country. Ali revealed that they never used to listen to their parents when they warned them against doing such stunts, while Jishika said that her father supported her throughout and told her not to worry about the injuries as he is there to take care of them. (WATCH VIDEO)
Are they scared when they perform gymnast like that? Both of them said that they aren't scared and infact feel safe when they perform gymnasts. The kids have been learning the sport for last 3-4 years and confessed that their teacher have always put his faith in them and believed that they would do something big!
Lovely and Ali's teacher was also shocked to see Kiren Rijiju sharing the video and praising the kids. He said: "They are under my training for last 2.5 years. I have shot the video myself. I used to get them to practice on the playground with a lorry tyre. I got a complaint from people that they are trying the stunts on roads (which I had strictly told them not to) and then I went one day and saw them performing, I shot the video."
(With PTI inputs)