Shrestha elected Nepal Olympic Committee president for second tenureFormer NSC member secretary Keshab Kumar Bista was the only candidate from Shrestha faction who lost in the election.
Jeevan Ram Shrestha was re-elected the president of Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC) for second tenure as his faction registered convincing win in almost all positions for the next four years during the elective general assembly held at the NOC premises on Saturday.
Shrestha, the president of Nepal Ski Association, defeated Nepal Hockey Association President Umesh Lal Shrestha 17-10. Jeevan, also the federal lawmaker from Kathmandu constituency 8, had defeated the same opponent in the last election held in September, 2015. Before being elected as the president in the last tenure, Jeevan had also served as general secretary of the NOC for two tenures since 2007.
After winning the election, Jeevan expressed commitments to take Nepali sports to greater heights. "Rather than any individual, the Olympic movement has won through this election. We had both expressed commitments to work together and spread Olympic movement before the election. Once the election outcomes were revealed, he (Umesh) congratulated me accepting the results," Jeevan said. "Now our focus would be to establish the autonomy of sports associations and make 13th South Asian Games to be held in Nepal a grand success."
Former National Sports Council Member secretary Keshab Kumar Bista, who had contested for the post of secretary, was the only candidate to be defeated from Jeevan-led camp. Jyoti Rana (26), Chaturananda Raj Baidhya (22), Tej Bahadur Gurung (20), Sunil Kumar Shrestha (18) and Ashok Ratna Bajracharya (15) were elected vice presidents. Sunil, the president of Nepal Fencing Association, was the only candidate to win the vice presidential post from Umesh-led faction. Samim Miya Ansari (12), who is also the chairman of Nepal Muslim Commission, Rajiv Shrestha (11) and Pushpa Das Shrestha (11) were defeated in the vice-presidential race contested among eight candidates. They all were from Umesh-led faction.
Nilendra Raj Shrestha from Jeevan's camp won the election of general secretary, the second most powerful executive position after president. Nilendra secured 15 votes against 12 of Purendra Bikram Lakhe who belonged to Umesh-led faction.
Among four candidates for three secretaries, the former member secretary Bista received lowest 17 votes. Deepak Harsha Bajracharya (25), Kumari Tulsi Thapa (21) and Ramji Bahadur Shrestha (18) were elected secretaries. National Sports Council Vice President Pitambar Timsina and Nepal Weightlifting Association President Ratan Kumar Tandon were already assured of deputy general secretary and treasurer as none other had filed candidacies for those posts.
Eight candidates have filed nominations for seven available positions of executive committee members. Among them Nepal Volleyball Association President Manoranjan Raman Sharma secured nine votes. While football's Dirgha Bahadur KC, Gopal Sundar Lal Kakshyapati, Prakash Sumsher Rana and Ramesh Shiwakoti all secured 26 votes, Hom Bahadur Dong (25), Tashi Ghale (24) and Ram Awale (20) were also elected as members.
Among 27 eligible voters, all the voters barring one have filed their candidacy for the election for the 19-member executive committee. Except for the former president Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan, all eligible candidates had contested for at least one post.