He said he did not want to hurt his family and those who supported him.

Squash player Ravi Dixit apologizes for auctioning kidney to fund gameImage: Facebook.com
news Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 10:34

Ravi Dixit, a squash player who had recently put a post on Facebook stating that he wanted to 'auction' his kidney to fund his campaign for the South Asian Games, has started getting help from people.

According to The Times of India, Dixit, who won gold in the Asian junior championship in 2010, also apologised for the controversy and said he did not want to hurt his family and those who supported him. 

"I did not realise there is so much to be read into this (the kidney issue) until I received a call from a reporter," Dixit told TOI. 

Dixit submitted a letter to the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) saying that he would continue to play the game.

He further said, "Squash is my life and I wish to continue playing it. I am keen to pursue the game as my career and would continuously look for sponsors. I never intended to sell my kidney and it was a spur of the moment statement for which I am sorry."

On Monday, in a Facebook post, Dixit had written that he wanted to sell his kidney and interested buyers could bid for it. He wrote, "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."

He ended the post, “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.”

Dixit’s father had said that he and his wife were asking their son not to take this drastic step. He also assured his son that they will figure out a way with this crisis.


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