NNIPA appeal to save spiker

KATHMANDU: Nepal National and International Players Association (NNIPA) today appealed the sports lovers

of the country to help them in their bid to raise funds for the treatment of former Nepali volleyball international Dinesh Baniya.

Baniya, who started playing volleyball in 1988 from the then Mahendra Police Club (MPC), was the member of the sixth and seventh South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in 1991 and 1992. He remained associated with the MPC — now renamed as Nepal Police Club — for 10 years and quit his job after he retired from the sport.

The 41-year-old Baniya, who hails from Morang, Sunsari, was first diagnoised as a kidney patient in 2005 and has been doing dialysis regularly for the last 15 days after both his kidneys failed to function. Doctors at the Apolo Hospital in India last week adviced him for kidney transplantation and it costs around

Rs 1.2 million.

“I played for the country for 10 years and I think the National Sports Council should help me,” Baniya told the mediapersons. He has been living at a rented room at Babar Mahal with his wife and a 10-year-old daughter. “I am hopeful that the sports-lover will contribute for my treatment,” he added.

The NNIPA today vowed to raise funds for his treatment and appealed the sportspersons, social organisations and associations to provide financial help through the Nepal Investment Bank Account No 00105080274814 or the NNIPA office at Tripureshwor.