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Controversy dominates final day of registration


KATHMANDU: As usual, controversy hit the centre stage on the final day of the players’ registration for the 17th Asian Games, while Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) refused to provide the list of the athletes.

When the National Sports Council (NSC) was preparing for the board meeting in the evening as the deadline approached, the NOC failed to produce the list of the athletes registered for the Asiad.

One staffer at the NOC, Sujan Lal Shrestha refused to give the list of the players saying President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha had ordered him not to disclose the names of the athletes. Repeated attempts to reach Pradhan and Shrestha went in vain. A total of 184 players from 24 sports disciplines will take part in the 17th edition of the regional meet as proposed by the preparation committee formed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS). NOC, however, confirmed the number of the sports and athletes.

According to the preparation committee list, Archery (eight), Athletics (eight), Badminton (eight), Basketball (12), Boxing (eight), Cricket (30), Cycling (three), Fencing (four), Football (20), Golf (four), Gymnastics (two), Judo (six), Karate (eight), Lawn Tennis (eight), Sepak Takraw (four), Shooting (four), Soft Tennis (10), Swimming (four), Table Tennis (six), Taekwondo (12), Triathlon (two), Weightlifting (three), Wrestling (two), and Wushu (10) are the 24 sports taking part in the Asian Games slated for September 19 to October 4. The NOC has already named Chhimmi Urgen Sherpa as the chef-de-mission, while 57 officials will go to South Korea in different capacities.

Earlier, the Nepal Karate Federation — recognised by the NOC — created an unnecessary buzz in Nepali sports fraternity saying the association was holding the selection for the Asiad. The NKF, headed by NOC Member Purendra Bikram Lakhe, had not even set the venue until 5:00PM, they wanted to show their presence. The NKF, led by Dawa Gurung and recognised by the NSC, has already picked up eight players from among the 21-member National Team.

The NOC has also played double standard in karate and taekwondo selection. The situation in the two sports disciplines is similar but the NOC stance is different. In karate, NOC has been backing international recognition that the Lakhe-led committee possesses, while the NOC is backing the NSC’s stance of including Nepal Taekwondo Union in selecting the players despite the Nepal Taekwondo Association having the international recognition.

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