Former National Assembly member and ex-member secretary of National Sports Council as well as honorary president of Nepal Olympic Committee Rukma Shumsher Rana passed away on September 10 at his residence in Battisputali.
Rana, 85, had been undergoing kidney treatment for a long time, according to family sources. Late Rana is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Rana, son of Nepali Congress co-founder Subarna Shumsher Rana, served Nepali sports field for a long time in various capacities. He became NSC member secretary in 1993 for three years and led the country’s sports governing body from 1997-1999. He was general secretary of the eighth South Asian Federation Games held in Kathmandu in 1998. He was president of South Asian Sports Federation from 1997-1999.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba paid tribute to Rana at his residence. Deuba garlanded and draped Rana’s body with the party flag. He was cremated at Pashupati Aryaghat on Saturday.
After serving the Nepal Olympic Committee as general secretary for six years from 1992, Rana led the NOC from 1998-2007. He also became executive committee member of the Olympic Council of Asia from 2003-2007 and was honoured with the OCA Merit Award in 2007 for his contribution to the Olympic Movement. He served the OCA as Media Committee president and was also appointed OCA Adviser.
Rana was elected vice-president of Asian Taekwondo Association from 1996-2000. He was council member of Asian Athletics Association from 2000-2005. Rana was also a partner and managing director of Dabur Nepal. He was the president of Nepal Taekwondo Association (1993-2009), All Nepal Football Association (1993-94) and Nepal Amateur Athletics Association (1998-2007).
After Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan took over the NOC in 2007, Rana led a parallel committee of the Nepal Olympic Committee and was nominated honorary president after the two parties agreed to merge last year.
Rana’s demise was an irreparable loss for the Olympic movement in the country said NOC President Jeevan Ram Shrestha. “The NOC family is in shock as we have lost a friend,” he mentioned in a statement.