Nepal Boxing Association election on time: Shrestha

Kathmandu, June 3

Nepal Boxing Association is all set to go ahead with the Elective General Assembly, said President Rajiv Shrestha here on Friday.

Addressing a press meet, Shrestha said there was no problem to hold the election on the scheduled date. “We have done all the home works required for the election and it will be held on time,” he said.

Earlier, NBA had announced to hold the assembly on June 4 but General Secretary Deepak Gurung-led unsatisfied group had asked to stop the election. “There are some groups who want to stop the election but we are committed to hold it as per our statute,” Shrestha said.

President Shrestha said he was in talk with National Sports Council, Nepal Olympic Committee and the international association. “Everyone is positive about our election and we hope to complete have a peaceful AGM,” he said.

When asked about the NSC role in the elections, Shrestha said the sports governing body was positive. “If they don’t send representatives for election, there will be no problem as we will conduct the AGM as per our statute,” he added.

Meanwhile, Shrestha presented Ram Awale, former international boxer, as the new president of the association. “We hope Awale will lead the association unanimously and our support is with him.

As a member of Asian Boxing Confederation, it’s my duty to end all the controversies,” he said. “There are some peole who have accused my work ways as the president. I want them to participate in the election.”

Few days earlier, General Secretary Deepak Gurung had accused President Shrestha of not accepting some district representatives for the election and had kept NBA office at his residence. Shrestha, however, denied claims and said they had four regions and 26 districts for the assembly.

“There is no district association in Ramechhap and we have allowed Sindhupalchowk to participate in the assembly as per our statute and association office is not at my resident,” Shrestha said.

Awale said he joined hands with Shrestha to develop boxing in Nepal. Awale had the support if Gurung and he too had asked the NSC to stop election and had also accused President Shrestha of killing the sport.

“We want to forget everything and move forward to save Nepali boxing,” Awale said.