NSC changes stance following fresh SC order on NOC controversy
KATHMANDU, Aug 3: National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama said that the controversy surrounding two Nepal Olympic Committees would take a new course, after the NSC received a direction from the Verdict Execution Directorate of the Supreme Court.
The order received Wednesday directs the NSC to implement the Supreme Court´s verdict of November 4, 2010, and inform the court about progress made in the implementation.
Two different NOCs -- one led by Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and the other by Rukma Sumsher Rana -- have been claiming to be the legitimate body since the past few years. The Supreme Court in November 2010 had passed a verdict recognizing the NOC led by Rana.
"It´s a strict direction from the directorate and we cannot go against Supreme Court verdict," said Member Secretary Lama. "In this changed situation, Rana-led committee should also be prepared for change and be ready for a new election. All national associations of Olympic sports should act as per Supreme Court verdict," he added.
Rana-led NOC´s Treasurer Purushottam Lal Shrestha said that it would have been better had the NSC taken legal course earlier. "All the controversies would have ended earlier had the NSC leadership obeyed Supreme Court´s verdict," said Shrestha.
Earlier, NSC board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on July 8 had recommended the council of ministers to dissolve both the NOCs stating that they were both mired in controversies and their activities shamed the country in front of the international communities.
In November 2011, Member Secretary Lama had taken a decision to support NOC led by Pradhan after he received a letter from International Olympic Committee recognizing Pradhan-led committee. IOC has been made its stance clear on the issue emphasizing the fact that it has the right to recognize a National Olympic Committee.
"All the national associations should obey the Supreme Court verdict," said Lama. "In this scenario, claiming international recognition would have no meaning," he added.
Meanwhile, member of the Pradhan-led NOC Laxman Shrestha said that he was unaware about all the recent developments. Pradhan, General Secretary Jeewan Ram Shrestha and other high-level officials are in London for the participation in the London Olympics 2012.