KATHMANDU, May 17: The Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that it has been seeking alternatives to run the commitee smoothly without violating the Supreme Court verdict.
NOC said it has already registered National Olympic Committee in Doti and are attempting to register NOC at the Company Registrar Office as a non-profit making organization.
"After the Supreme Court verdict regarding the Nepal Olympic Committee two years ago, IOC has been asking us not to give up our stance but we are trying to find an alternative," explained NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan during a press meet on Thursday.
Pradhan led committee has been seeking recognition after the SC in November 2010 recognized the organization led by Rukma Samsher Rana.
"As NOC was registered at the district administration office under the home ministry, we could not maintain stability. This invited political interference, which finally led the SC to issue such a verdict. We are now trying to maintain stability in NOC and we are looking for legal alternatives toward that end," said Pradhan.
Meanwhile, NOC General Secretary Jeewan Ram Shrestha has accused the Rana-led committee of illegally withdrawing money from the NOC bank account. "They withdrew Rs 120,000 from our account at the Prime Bank. They are misusing the funds provided by IOC and Olympic Council of Asia," said Shrestha. "We have reported the incident to IOC and OCA and we have already asked clarification from the bank. IOC and OCA will take further action on the issue," he added.
Nepal to participate in 3 games in Asian Beach Games
Nepal Olympic Committee informed that Nepal would participate in three games, namely - beach basketball, beach volleyball and climbing, during the Third Asian Beach Games to be held in Haiyang, China from June 16 to 22.
"We´ll send four players each for men´s and women´s beach volleyball teams. Likewise, four players in men´s and two players in women´s beach volleyball will represent Nepal," said Shrestha. "Three male athletes will participate in climbing," he added.
According to NOC, its executive committee member Laxman Shrestha has been appointed as chef-de-mission for the Asian Beach Games.
Meanwhile, NOC informed that it has applied for wild card entries for 11 players in the London Olympics to be held from July 27 to August 12. "Our participation in athletics and swimming has been confirmed. Sprinters Tilak Ram Tharu and Pramila Rijal will represent Nepal in athletics.
Swimmer Shreya Dhital´s participation has also been confirmed," said Shrestha. "One from among Shailesh Rana and Prasiddha Jung Shah will qualify for London Olympics´ universal place in swimming from the Federation Cup Swimming to be held in Hyderabad, India from June 1 to 3 ," he added.
Likewise, NOC informed that they have applied for wild card entries for Purna Bahadur Lama, Sanju Lama and Saraswati Rana in boxing, Aayasha Shakya and Rohit Tamang in taekwando, Sneha Rajya Laxmi Rana and Asmita Rai in shooting, Deepak Krishna Shrestha and Phupu Lahmu Khatri in judo and Ajay Pandit and Nirjala Tamrakar in cycling.
"We´ll get confirmation of wild card entries by the second week of June," said Shrestha.
On the same occasion, NOC published a theme logo of the Nepali team for the London Olympics.