- By Omar Hussein
Ravi Dixit planned to illegally sell his kidney to pay for the entrance fee in to this year’s competition
An Indian squash player has backtracked on his plan to illegally sell a kidney to raise funds to play in next month’s South Asian Games.
Ravi Dixit, ranked 211th in the world, had put his kidney up for sale at 800,000 rupees (£8,230).
Dixit, 23, said: “I never intended to sell my kidney. This statement was made at the spur of the moment for which I am truly sorry.”
Indian law forbids selling a kidney and Dixit’s parents were against the idea.
Dixit apologised for his comments in a letter issued through the Squash Rackets Federation of India, but insisted he still needed sponsorship to continue his career.
“Together, we will figure out a way to deal with this crisis,” said his father.
“I funded my daughter’s wedding with Ravi’s winnings. Since he has to support the family as well, he cannot use much of what he gets for himself.”
Many potential sponsors may have been discouraged from any sponsorship of the player after this ill-received publicity stunt, which could easily have lead to criminal charges.