NSC dissolves 15 national associations

Kathmandu, November 10:

The National Sports Council (NSC) today dissolved 15 national associations, who held their elections after the February 1 Royal takeover.

The 54th regular board meeting of the council chaired by Minister for Education and Sports and president of NSC, Mangal Siddhi Manandhar revoked the elections of 15 associations — Nepal Amateur Athletics Association, Nepal Badminton Association, Nepal Table Tennis Association, All Nepal Football Association, Nepal Shooting Association, Nepal Boxing Association, Nepal Judo Association, Nepal Archery Association, Nepal Soft Tennis

Association, Nepal Squash and Rackets Association, Nepal Rafting and Cannoying Association, Nepal Basketball Association, Nepal Chess Association, and Public Enterprises Sports Development Association of Nepal.

The meeting held over the last two days at International Sports Complex in Lalitpur also decided to reinstate the previous committees as ad hoc in these associations. “The period itself was not democratic, so we decided to cancel all the elections held during the time,” said NSC member secretary Jeewan Ram Shrestha at a press meet.

He also said that the reinstated committees would hold the elections following the NSC instructions. “We will prepare a certain guidelines for the committees and they will have to follow our instructions,” said Shrestha. As per the new decisions, the same official would not be able to be in two different associations. “In that case, the officials will have to resign from one post within 15 days or we will throw them out,” Shrestha added.

The other decisions made by the meeting were: organising the 5th National Games in Kathmandu within next fiscal year; formation of a five-member committee under NSC member secretary to establish Sports Medicine and Research Centre; implementation of Private Party Partnership Programme (P4) to involve private sector in sports; request the government to allow them run Lotto Programme to make the NSC financially strong; and classification of national sports associations as per their popularity and standard.