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Squash player has second thoughts over plans to sell kidney to fund tournament entry

The 23-year old had been frustrated with a lack of sponsorship.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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A FORMER ASIAN junior squash champion has rowed back on his decision to sell a kidney to fund entry into next month’s South Asian Games.

Ravi Dixit had posted on social media that he intended to sell the organ at auction in the hope of raising 800,000 rupees (€11,000).

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the 23-year old said:

“I have been playing squash for the last 10 years. Even after winning so many medals and representing India so many times, I do not get any support to take my squash to the national and international levels.

“To prepare for the tournament, I am training in Chennai but I have not been able to arrange enough money to fund my campaign for the games.

I have lost my determination. I am ready to sell my kidney. If anyone needs a kidney, they can contact me. The price of my kidney is Rs 8 lakh.”

However, it is against the law in India to sell a kidney and so Dixit had to abandon the plan which he admitted was conceived out of frustration.

“The statement made on social media should not have been done.

“I never intended to sell my kidney. This statement was made at the spur of the moment for which I am truly sorry,” Dixit said in a statement issued by the Squash association of India today.

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