Lama shuns NOC arrangements, verbal war come out in the open
KATHMANDU, April 28: As the relation between National Sports Council (NSC) and Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) recognized by International Olympic Committee (IOC) soured, NSC Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama rejected an arrangement made by NOC to make him attend Regional Forum of national olympic committees of Asia.
Lama was scheduled to attend the Regional Forum to be held in Malaysia but he shunned the program and only NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and member Rabi Rajkarnikar left Kathmandu on Friday to attend the meeting.
"I´m not attending NOC´s programs until they maintain transparency. They earlier registered NOC in CDO Office in Doti and lately they have tried to register NOC in Company Registrar Office. They are only creating controversies and I can´t attend their programs until they make them transparent," said Lama.
However, NOC General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha claimed that Lama was never scheduled to attend the Regional Forum. "As the Regional Forum was to discuss solidarity courses and other technical issues, NOC decided to send its president and member," said Shrestha.
Shrestha also defended their steps to start a process to register NOC in Company Registrar Office. "There is a legal provision to register non-governmental organization as a non-profit institution at the Company Registrar Office. We thought registering NOC under the Company Registrar Office would give stability to the Olympic movement in the country," claimed Shrestha. "We were not attempting to register NOC as a private company or something else but as a NGO," he added.
NOC member Laxman Shrestha also claimed that registering NOC under Company Registrar Office is legal in Nepal and not a new practice in the international scenario.
On the other side, NSC Member Secretary Lama accused the current NOC leadership of attempting to seize Olympic movements in Nepal as if its their parental property. "As a NSC leader, I was co-operating with them to take forward Olympic movement in the country despite legal obstacles ,but they took my sincerity as a weakness," said Lama. "They tried to fool me," he added.
A NOC member, demanding anonymity, said NOC has taken the step to register it at Company Registrar Office after NSC Member Secretary Lama gave his consent.
"Lama had given consent earlier but changed his position after the NOC-NSC relation soured. He started bargaining in an effort to recognize his decision to dissolve committees of different national associations and form new one. NOC could not do that," said the NOC member.
The NOC member claimed that NOC leadership also tried to bypass member secretary and establish direct relation with Youth and Sports Minister Kamala Roka and her husband Ganesh Man Pun, an influential leader of UCPN (Maoist).
"Recently, NSC had sent a letter to NOC seeking clarification about the latest development but NOC leadership replied to Youth and Sports Ministry instead of responding directly to NSC," said the NOC member. "These incidents soured the relation between NOC and NSC," he claimed.
However, Lama denied all the allegations and said that he had not given any consent to register NOC at Company Registrar. "They had come to me with different proposals to seek legal ground for them and I´ve assured them to seek the best possible option but I had never told them to go to Company Registrar," said Lama. "It is now clear that the current NOC leadership explains Olympic Charter for their personal benefits only and they want to capture NOC forever," said Lama.
NOC led by Pradhan has been seeking legal ground in the country after Supreme Court gave a verdict to restore NOC led by Rukma Samsher Rana in November 2010.