NSC asks sports associations to snap ties with Pradhan-led NOC
KATHMANDU, Sept 14: National Sports Council (NSC) issued a press release on Friday and asked all the national associations, athletes and officials to sever all relations with Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC), which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
"As Verdict Execution Directorate of the Supreme Court has asked NSC to implement the Supreme Court´s verdict of November 4, 2010 and inform the court about the progress in its implementation, we asked all concerned to cut off their relation with the NOC led by Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and not to participate in any activity of the NOC," states the press release.
The NSC´s step came a day after the Pradhan-led NOC organized a press conference and stated that all the national association should be autonomous.
"If any one challenges the court´s verdict, we´ll inform the court about the contempt. On the other hand, NSC has the authority to dissolve or suspend those national associations which challenge the law of the land," NSC Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama told Republica.
"If anybody ignores the law of the land claiming international recognition, they can conduct their activities elsewhere, not in Nepal," added Lama.
Nepal Basketball Association President and the NOC Deputy General Secretray Lama Tendi Sherpa said that the NOC leadership and NSC should work to solve the problem rather issue such notices.
"We are ready to respect Supreme Court verdict but NSC should guarantee international participation of athletes. Issuing such notice without any practical solution is an authoritarian concept," said Lama Tendi. "We agree that there should be one Nepal Olympic Committee in Nepal," he added.
Lama Tendi alleged NSC Member Secretary Lama of acting irresponsibly in the recent times. "How can a member secretary say that Nepal would not participate at the international level?" asked Lama Tendi.