NEPAL SPORTS COUNCIL
News of Nepali officials who go 'missing' abroad has become quite common. The 2012 London Paralympics was no different. Out of the 20 officials who accompanied athletes Maiya Bisunkhe and Bikram Bahadur Rana to London, nine still haven't returned although the official return date was 10 September.
While the names of the four 'missing' people have been revealed, Nepal National Paralympics Committee is yet to identify the remaining five. One of the athletes said they did not know many of the officials and met them for the first time at London. According to the athlete, most administrators arrived in the UK before them and left the Olympics village long before the games were over.
On top of the missing members, Nepalis have to cope with another embarrassment. The National Paralympics Committee isn't even sure about the exact number of officials who travelled to the UK. A picture of the Nepali team at the Paralympics reveals that a British national and two children also took part in the opening ceremony. However, none of these 'extra' people have been identified.
"Although we had officially recommended eight people, we have been informed the actual numbers were higher, but we don't know the full details yet," said a committee official.