Jashika Khan and Mohammad Azajuddin are two children in Kolkata, India. The pair went viral for their impressive cartwheeling, and now they’re going to school to be full-time gymnasts.
A teacher took a video of Jashika, 11, and Mohammad, 12, doing their tumbling on the street on the way to school. Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci retweeted the video, calling it “awesome.”
And Jashika and Mohammad blew up.
This is awesome pic.twitter.com/G3MxCo0TzG
— Nadia Comaneci (@nadiacomaneci10) August 29, 2019
Their gymnastics journey could have ended with the tweet, but fortunately, the video caught the attention of India’s Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Jashika and Mohammad were soon called for trials at the Sports Authority of India, and the trainer, Manmeet Singh Goindi, said that he was impressed by what he saw.
“They are certainly talented and have the desire to achieve much,” he told The Telegraph.
Both children are going to be enrolled as full-time trainees. Manmeet explained:
“At SAI, not only will the children get food, lodging and proper education, they will also be trained under qualified gymnastics coaches. Plus, the right equipments will be made available to them. They will practice in proper indoor halls. No more will they have to jump around on the road and somersault on concrete, risking injuries.”
The video of Ali & Lovely, which went viral on social media and was even retweeted by Olympic star @nadiacomaneci10 who called them “awesome”, was shot by their teacher Shekhar Rao who trains underprivileged kids in Kolkata. @madhuparna_N reportshttps://t.co/A3vtmf5yio
— sanghamitra mazumdar (@sanghamitra_m) September 5, 2019
Both Jashika and Mohammad are thrilled about the new opportunity. Jashika even says she wants to become a gymnast like Nadia in the future — and with talent like hers, it’s totally possible.