Minister Paudel willing to resolve Asiad crisis
Jul 29, 2014-
As dispute between the Youth and Sports Ministry and National Sports Council (NSC) began taking toll on Nepal’s preparations for the 17th Asian Games, minister Purushottam Paudel said he is ready to sort out the problems to break the deadlock.
Nepali sports has been embroiled in the dispute between Paudel and NSC Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama soon after the sports minister sacked the head of the sports governing body on May 16 following a change in the government. The supreme court later issued a stay order and reinstated Lama along with five other sacked NSC members. But both the parties were at loggerheads as Paudel formed an Asian Games preparation committee under Nepal Basketball Association president Lama Tendi Sherpa even though a Lama-led preparation committee was already in existence.
Both the NSC and ministry are preparing for two separate contingent — numbers of players and sports disciplines — for the Asiad rendering confusing amongst the players and officials. In a recent press conference on July 24, the member secretary termed the minister’s move illegal and threatened to take the matter to his party — UCPN Maoists — if the move persists.
Paudel on Tuesday claimed his move was for the well being of Nepali sports and was ready to discuss the matter if there are mistakes. “Our only aim is to assure a smooth participation for the players in the Asian Games,” Paudel said after bidding farewell to the chess players leaving for 41st Chess Olympiad.
“If there is any problem, we can solve it by discussions,” said the minister adding there have been mistakes made by both the sides. “After the Supreme Court issued stay order to relieve Lama off his duties, NSC did not even thought it important to inform the ministry about the reinstatement,” added Paudel. “Our decision to challenge the court decision and move ahead also played a part in the dispute. We can sit together and have a discussion on the Asian Games preparation with NSC,” said Paudel.
Published: 30-07-2014 09:36