National Sports Council Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama has slammed the government spitting fire on the cabinet decision to dissolve the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).
Lama was speaking during the MoU signing ceremony between Manakamana Darshan Pvt Ltd and Pokhara Cup Football Tournament. “CAN is an elected committee. Government does not hold any right to dissolve an elected body. This would set a bad precedent in different other sport’s governing body,” Lama said.
Lama also asked Deputy Prime Minister and Local Development and Federalism Minister to reinstate the dissolved CAN.
The government had dissolved CAN few days earlier following a recommendation from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). CIAA has deemed the entire CAN committee ineligible to run cricket and filed graft charges against 10 of its officials for their allege involvement in the embezzlement of millions of rupees in the construction of Mulpani Cricket Stadium.
Singh countered Lama and said CAN has not been functioning as they should have done it. “Cricket is brining good results in each and every tournament. But CAN officials have not been able to develop nor bring some developmental works. So we decided from the cabinet to dissolve the program,” Singh said.
Singh further described: “Cabinet has right to think for the betterment of any organization. If anyone thinks the decision of government is wrong you do have right to go to the court and file a case against the government.”