Baniya receives Rs 1.75m

KATHMANDU: Nepal National and International Players’ Association (NNIPA) President Deepak Bista today handed over a cheque of Rs 1.75 million to ailing former national volleyball player Dinesh Baniya for his treatment.

The NNIPA and Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) joined hands to run a campaign to raise funds for the kidney transplantation of Baniya, who was diagnosed with failed kidneys.

The NNIPA started the campaign after Baniya approached the association requesting Rs 1.3 million for his treatment. The campaign drew attention of people from different walks of life and the NNIPA was able to raise more than expected funds. The NNIPA provided Rs 450,000 extra amount after the player demanded the cost for the accompanying persons as well.

At a farewell ceremony on Tuesday, Baniya said he was grateful to all the associations and individuals who made contributions for his cause. “I am grateful to the NNIPA, NSJF and all others who have helped me,” said Baniya, who is planning to leave for Tamil Nadu, India for kidney transplant. His wife, Keshabati Shrestha Baniya, also thanked the contributors and sponsors.

National Sports Council Member Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha, NNIPA President Bista, Vice President Upendra Man Singh and General Secretary Deepak Shrestha wished good lucks for successful transplantation.

“We were sad when we heard of the news that a player was suffering from failed kidneys and as a sports governing body we were not able to do anything at that moment,” said Member Secretary Shrestha. “But I am happy that the campaign to save a player’s life turned positive,” he added. Thanking all involved in the noble cause, Shrestha said the NSC was preparing the regulations for the Trust established during the fifth National Games.

NNIPA President Bista said they started the campaign after it felt necessary doing something for the cause of the players. “We were scared in the beginning but thanks to all those helping hands, we were in a position to support in a player’s battle for life,” added Bista. “It’s the government who should have taken the responsibility,” he added.

Bista also said they would make public the account shortly.