Jeevan Ram Shrestha has been re-elected president of the Nepal Olympic Committee at the organisation’s elective general assembly.
Shrestha, who is also president of Nepal’s ski federation and a member of parliament, beat a rival bid for the president role from hockey official Umesh Lal Shrestha.
The Himalayan Times reported that Shrestha said the election brought to an end a decade-long power struggle that has seen two separate committees claiming to be Nepal’s Olympic Committee. Shrestha has led one committee and the other has been led by politician Rukma Shumsher Rana.
The Nepalisansar.com website reported that Shrestha also pledged to help organise a successful South Asian Games, a multi-sport event being hosted in the country in December.
The assembly, which took place in Lalitpur on Saturday, also appointed 19 other officials. These included Ashok Bajracharya, Chatur Nanda Rajvaidhya, Jyoti Rana, Sunil Shrestha and Tej Gurung, who were elected as vice-presidents of the NOC. Nilendra Raj Shrestha was elected as the secretary-general and Pitambar Timsina was elected deputy secretary-general.
Officials from the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia observed the vote.