Lack of sponsors forces squash gold medallist to offer kidney for sale.

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Squash champion Ravi Dixit, a gold medallist in the 2010 Asian junior championships, has offered one of his kidneys for sale on social media to fund his participation in next month’s South Asian Games and subsequent tournaments.

ravi dixitThe 23-year-old player from Dhampur in Uttar Pradesh took the drastic step after he was unable to find a sponsor and posted the offer online — a kidney for Rs 8 lakh. His offer immediately found traction and triggered outrage on Facebook and Twitter.
“I need at least Rs 1 lakh to participate in the South Asian Games but have not been able to find any sponsor. So, I have decided to sell by kidney for Rs 8 lakh so that I can participate in other tournaments as well for the rest of the year,” Dixit told Hindustan Times from Chennai where he is currently preparing for the South Asian Games.

 

Dixit has been playing squash for the past 10 years and is one of the four players selected for the Games in Guwahati. He said he depends on prize money to meet his training needs.

 

One of his Facebook posts, which was later deleted, said: “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? … I have not been able to arrange enough money to fund my campaign for the games. I have lost my determination.”

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Other than the gold at the Asian junior championships, Dixit has won many national and international laurels.
He has been getting financial support from Dhampur Sugar Mill, where his father is a class IV employee, but it is not enough for him to support his career.
“It is difficult for us to support the family solely on my husband’s income. The mill has been very generous in its support to Ravi’s career but we are too embarrassed to ask for more help,” his mother, Sarvesh, said thanking the company for its support.
After Dixit offered to sell his kidney, some politicians in UP have now come forward to help the player.
Minister Moolchand Chauhan said he would talk to the family and take up the matter with chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. “I am surprised that such a talented player is auctioning his kidney. All possible help will be given to him,” he said.

 

BJP leader and a former MLA Ashok Kumar Rana also assured the player of help.

 

This article was originally published in Hindustantimes..

 

Lionel Messi’s latest Ballon d’Or win comes with the player at his peak

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ZURICH: The only surprise was over what Lionel Messi was wearing as he picked up his record fifth Ballon D’Or.

 

This time, there was no notorious loud jacket, just a traditional black dinner suit to go with another piece of history from the Argentine.

In the hours before the ceremony, which took placed in a gold-draped room in Zurich’s Kongreshaus, even Cristiano Ronaldo was admitting that Messi was the likely and deserving winner. There was no bitterness as the Portuguese spoke with humour and admiration about the quality of the Barcelona playmaker’s left foot.

 

Later, when he took the podium, Messi was his usual reserved self but also admitted to a hint of envy over how he had to watch Ronaldo pick up the award for the last two years.

 

“It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon d’Or after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win,” Messi said.

 

No more. Messi has back in his hands an award he has made his own after a year in which he ascended to arguably greater levels than we have ever before seen from him.

 

2015 might well have been his peak, and it certainly wouldn’t have taken the 300-plus voters much thought to select the 28-year-old as winner ahead of second-placed Ronaldo and third-placed Neymar.

 

While Messi’s highlight reel sometimes feels endless, you can pinpoint one moment of magic — one in which he demonstrated preternatural thought and physical skill — to perfectly sum up his year.

 

Rewind to May 6 at the Camp Nou. With 10 minutes remaining of Barcelona’s Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern Munich, Messi collected the ball on the edge of the Bayern penalty area.

 

He took four touches to set himself up, one more to sit down Jerome Boateng, leaving the defender clumsily stumbling onto the ground, and then another to do the same to Manuel Neuer by gloriously chipping the goalkeeper.

 

The instant-classic sequence was gloriously immortalized almost immediately on the internet, with GIFs and vines doing the rounds. Corkscrewing Boateng into the turf provided the laugh track, but the way Messi chipped Neuer was truly something special.

 

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It wasn’t just the ease with which Messi executed such a difficult finish. There was also the split-second calculation he had made, as he revealed afterwards in the Camp Nou mixed zone.

 

“I thought [Neuer] would cover my [left] foot,” Messi said with a smile. “So, I went the other way.”

 

In doing so, Messi also ensured events went another way to a fateful moment against the same goalkeeper the previous year. With the score at 0-0 in the 2014 World Cup final, the Argentina captain had been presented with a similar chance, only to end that face-off with Neuer by shooting the ball wide.

 

Ten months later, he instantly recalled how the German moved that day in Rio, and that memory brought a very different outcome.

 

The image of a forlorn Messi looking at Germany’s World Cup captured perhaps the lowest moment of his career, but he responded with what might just have been his best-ever season. Given his prior achievements, which included seven league titles and three Champions Leagues, not to mention four Ballon d’Or trophies, that is really saying something.

 

While Messi capped 2015 with the sport’s highest honour, the year did not start well. In January, he seemed at odds with Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and generally fed up with his lot; a 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad, in which he started on the bench, was seen as a potential tipping point for the club.

 

Luis Enrique kept his job, though, and from that point Messi focused in the most positive way possible, hiding any discontent he may have been feeling. He saw a specialist about his fitness and lost over six kilograms before leading Barcelona to a Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.

 

Messi has long been a single-minded goal machine but, in 2015, he became the complete player. Some of his dribbles and assists were as glorious as many of his goals, and there is now a strong argument that he is the best passer in the world, as well as the best player.

 

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That match against Bayern is again the perfect reference point. Messi followed those two goals with the flourish of a fine through ball from which Neymar effectively sealed the entire tie

 

In the Champions League final against Juventus, with the score 1-1, Messi again displayed one of the qualities that defined him as a youth by embarking on a blistering run that broke open the game and set up the match-winner for Luis Suarez.

 

Messi didn’t score in that Berlin showpiece, but he did get the goal that won La Liga for Barcelona and also netted twice in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. His first, a mazy run that began on the right touchline and saw him dribble past four defenders, earned him a nomination for the Puskas Award.

 

It was yet another illustration of football perfection and 2015 could have been the perfect year, had Ezequiel Lavezzi scored the 90th-minute chance in the Copa America final against Chile that Messi — of course — set up.

 

Argentina’s eventual defeat on penalties was a negative, but it still says much that Messi came so close to what would have been an unprecedented clean sweep of trophies for club and country.

 

Even so, Messi still showed he is so clearly ahead of everyone else in the world — once again.

 

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Sourav Ganguly was included in BCCI Working Group to study Lodha Committee report

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Former India Captain and Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council member Sourav Ganguly has been included in the newly-formed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Group to study the Lodha committee report and chart the road-map for the T20 tournament. The working group constituted by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla also features BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, Aniruddh Chaudhary and the board’s legal counsel, Usha Nath Banerjee.

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Governing Council members Ajay Shirke and Jyotiraditya Scindia were expected to be part of the Working Group but weren’t included by the IPL Chairman. Incidentally, the two were reported to have favoured the termination of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Rajasthan Royals franchise during the Governing Council meeting on Sunday.

 

The working group will be bound by a six-week time frame to study the Lodha verdict, and they will, in consultation with all of BCCI’s key advisers, explore all possible measures to be adopted, with an objective to protect the interests of all IPL stakeholders. The committee will report their observations to the IPL Governing Council after which a decision on the future of IPL, more specifically, that of CSK and RR will be made by the board.

CSK and RR were suspended for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel as punishment for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. Since the decision, there have been wide-ranged speculation surrounding the future of the tournament and the two-teams.

 

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India’s tour of Australia: Five batsmen who will scorch Down Under

India's tour of Australia: Five batsmen who will scorch Down Under

 

 

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The short limited overs series, including five ODIs and three T20 internationals, Down Under will initiate the Indian team’s preparations for the marquee ICC World T20 scheduled in March-April.

MS Dhoni-led India will look to get their combination right as they renew their fierce rivalry against a confident Australia in the first of the five-match ODI series starting here tomorrow, marking the onset of a long limited-overs schedule stretching until the World T20.

Here are the five batsmen who are sure to scorch the scoring charts Down Under this summer:

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1. Virat Kohli: The 27-year-year has become the most talked about cricketer in the world. He is already anointed as the next Sachin Tendulkar — the God of Cricket — for the sheer similarities in the scoring traits.

With 23 ODI hundreds already in his name, the Delhi batsman is ready to take on the Australians, and stamp his authority Down Under too. If his brilliant Test outing in the previous visit there was anything to go by, and also the rather quite South Africa series at home, then, expect India’s Test captain to plunder runs.

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2. Steve Smith: A name which can be used as an synonym to consistency. Since taking the captaincy reigns, Smith has become the most reliable batsman for Australia. His ability to play match winning knocks has also been an exemplary part of his becoming a star of world cricket.

After an extraordinary 2015, the 26-year-old is expected to lead his team from the front. His 805 runs from 20 innings last year was one of the highlights of Australian team, which won the World Cup.

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3. Rohit Sharma: Cricket’s Mr. 200 is yet to fully convince the experts with his overseas performance. But the Mumbai batsman who has silken-touch has a love affair with the Aussies. If his 209-run knock in 2013 at Bangalore against the Aussies was one of the highs of his career, then the 138 last year in Melbourne was certainly among the best innings by a visitor in Australia.

He is also India’s best batsman last year, in terms of run accumulation with an aggregate of 815. Yet, he is considered a wasted talent when it comes tours. Expect the 28-year-old to score in abundance this tour.

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4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The skipper, the finisher. India’s most successful captain is at the cross-road of his career. With age catching up with him and a certain Kohli on his heels to take over the limited captaincy roles too, Dhoni is for sure under pressure.

And this tour is his last chance to revive a seemingly fledging status as India’s best captain, and also the finisher, ahead of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. Even in limited number of opportunities, the 34-year-old will perform.

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5. David Warner: Like his skipper, Warner has become an integral part of any Australian set up. His consistency at the top of the innings was one of the reasons, Australia have a successful year in 2015.

He is expected to miss a majority of the ODI series, but when he gets the opportunity, expect him to punish the Indian bowlers. With an average of almost 55 at and strike rate of 110, the 29-year-old opener is a treat to watch.

 

Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch, Ajinkya Rahane and Glenn Maxwell are some the names which, every now and then, are likely to produce sparkling innings.

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Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ravichandran Ashwin: If his form in the recent Test series is anything to go by, Ravichandran Ashwin is the MS Dhoni’s go-to man. While the Chennai spinner may not get the same wickets to bowl on, there can be no doubt of the impact a good performance by him would have on the Indian team. He has been a thorn in the flesh of many players at the top level. With 21 Ravichandran Ashwin: If his form in the recent Test series is anything to go by, Ravichandran Ashwin is the MS Dhoni’s go-to man. While the Chennai spinner may not get the same wickets to bowl on, there can be no doubt of the impact a good performance by him would have on the Indian team. He has been a thorn in the flesh of many players at the top level. With 21 wickets in 13 ODIs last year, the 29-year-old could spin India’s glory Down Under.

 

Having achieved little success as an opening batsman at junior-level cricket, Ashwin dropped down the order and turned into an off break bowler. He made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in December 2006, but it was not until the 2010 Indian Premier League that he came into the limelight. Playing for the Chennai Super Kings, he impressed with his economical bowling in the tournament, in which he was used to open the bowling on several occasions, and earned his maiden international call-up in the limited-overs formats.

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He was the leading wicket-taker and player of the tournament of the 2010 Champions League T20 in South Africa. He was also part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Later that year, he made his Test debut against West Indies and became the seventh Indian to take a five-wicket Having achieved little success as an opening batsman at junior-level cricket, Ashwin dropped down the order and turned into an off break bowler.

He made his first-class debut for Tamil Nadu in December 2006, but it was not until the 2010 Indian Premier League that he came into the limelight. Playing for the Chennai Super Kings, he impressed with his economical bowling in the tournament, in which he was used to open the bowling on several occasions, and earned his maiden international call-up in the limited-overs formats.

 

He was the leading wicket-taker and player of the tournament of the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa. He was also part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Later that year, he made his Test debut against West Indies and became the seventh Indian to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut. He took two five-wicket hauls and scored a century in that series and won the player of the series award.
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