KATHMANDU, April 17: National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama on Tuesday said he has begun fresh initiatives to resolve the dispute between two factions in the Nepal Boxing Association (NBA).
Speaking at a function organized by Lalitpur District Boxing Association, Lama urged both the factions to help him resolve the dispute.
Two NBA factions, one led by Rabi Raj Thapa and the other led by Rajiv Shrestha, are at loggerheads since February 18 after then president Thapa postponed the general assembly and Shrestha´s faction held executive committee election claiming they have the majority of the general assembly members.
NSC has not recognized either of the factions but International Boxing Association (AIBA) has already recognized the Shrestha-led committee.
"The NSC statute was silent on the general assembly and election of national sports associations," said Lama. "NSC board has recently formulated an election procedure. If the general assembly is to be postponed, a majority of general assembly members should submit a written application to NSC. Every association should conduct general assembly in the presence of Nepal Olympic Committee and NSC representatives only," he added.
Though Thapa and his panel claim to be legitimate, Thapa was not introduced as NBA president during the entire program on Tuesday. Lalitpur District Boxing Association President Ram Awale has been supporting Thapa panel.
Lalitpur District Boxing Association felicitated and honored Olympian boxers, Asian Games medalists and South Asian Games gold medalists amidst a function in Lalitpur on Tuesday.
National Sports Council Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama gave away letters of honor to Olympian Nam Thapa, Ram Prasad Gurung, Om Prasad Pun, Bhim Gurung, Rabi Raj Thapa, Narendra Pomu, Bisnu Malakar, Umesh Maskey, Man Bahadur Shrestha, Prabin Tuladhar, Bishnu Bahadur Singh, Dambar Dutta Bhatta, Ram Bahadur Giri, Jhapat Singh Bhujel.
Likewise, Olympian Puskardhoj Shahi and Dal Bahadur Rana Magar were posthumous honored.
Asian Games medalists Tul Bahadur Thapa, Manoj Bahadur Shrestha, Shusil Pokharel, Chitra Bahadur Gurung and Deepak Maharjan as well as South Asian Games gold medalists Prakash Thapa Magar and Ram Chandra Thapa Magar were also felicitated.
Meanwhile, Debendra Raj Singh Thakuri, the gold medalist of the First South Asian Army Sports Meet, and the medalist boxer of Lalitpur district in the Sixth National Games were also felicitated during the function on Tuesday.