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Cash-Strapped Squash Player Auctions Kidney for Tournament

Gold-medallist Ravi Dixit took to Facebook to sell his kidney for eight lakh rupees to fund his next tournament.

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National-level squash player Ravi Dixit (R) during a match. (Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152045494840273&amp;set=pb.618175272.-2207520000.1452590579.&amp;type=3&amp;theater">Ravi Dixit’s Facebook page</a>)

Gold-medallist national squash player Ravi Dixit, who won gold at the 2010 Asian Junior Championship, put one of his kidneys up for sale on social media to fund his next tournament.

The 20-year-old was frustrated at the lack of funding for the South Asian games, scheduled in February, and put up his kidney for sale on Facebook for rupees eight lakh, The Times of India reported.

His Facebook post allegedly read:

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. Dhampur Sugar Mill has supported me but how long will they continue to support me? Next month, the games are starting in Guwahati and I am representing India. 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.

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The post is now either hidden or deleted from his profile. His desperate plea is illegal under Indian law.

His parents have expressed worry and are trying to save up money for their child.

Ravi’s mother and I are imploring him not to take the step. Together, we will figure out a way to deal with this crisis. This way, he will ruin both his life and career. I am saddened to hear that my son is taking such a drastic measure.

Ramkailash, Dixit’s Father to The Times of India

His mother, Sarvesh, also implored the government to help Dixit.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and former UP MLA Ashok Kumar Rana has hit out at Akhilesh Yadav’s government.

“The state government in UP is not paying any attention to sporting talents. Ravi Dixit’s situation is a result of the state’s attitude of neglect. It is our duty to help such sporting talents,” he told The Times of India in Dixit’s favour.

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