Controversy again, this time in chess

Kathmandu, July 31:

Sacked Nepal Chess Association (NCA) president Sitaram Agrahari termed the recent National Sports Council (NSC) decision to reform the association as dumfounding, mean and motivated by personal interest and prejudice.

The NSC on Monday dissolved the 12-member NCA and formed a new 19-member ad hoc committee under Hira Bahadur Sthapit sparking yet another controversy. The NSC had earlier converted the 15 associations into ad hoc committees by revoking their elections held during the Royal regime.

“The move ( of NSC) is nothing but an example of member secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha’s autocratic and authoritarian reign,” said Agrahari at a press meet today.

“It is unfortunate and disappointing to see NSC targeting associations and people working for the development of sports,” said Agrahari adding that Nepali chess had moved far ahead since he assumed office.

“We are the genuine association and we will continue with our responsibilities,” said Agrahari. The NSC move came two months after eight NCA members submitted their resignation to the NSC. Agrahari said the process of resignation was faulty and that the NSC does not have rights to dissolve any elected committee.

Agrahari also raised concerns over the future of the players. “We are recognised by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the NSC move has put Nepal’s International participation into jeopardy,” said Agrahari.