Olympic Official Asks PM To End Prince’s NOC Presidency

Cambodian National Olympic Committee Secretary-General Meas Sarin has asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to consider re­moving Prince Norodom Rana­riddh from his position as the committee’s president.

Meas Sarin said Wednesday that he has suggested to the prime minister that a congress be held to elect a new president be­cause Prince Ranariddh has been ab­sent from his position since Feb­ru­ary.

“It is up to the government to make the decision,” said Meas Sa­rin, who is also a member of the CPP.

“If there is still no leadership, the government should consider hav­ing a congress to elect a new president,” he said.

He added that the committee cur­rently lacks leadership and structure.

“Currently we are facing difficulties because I am running it like a caretaker government,” Meas Sarin said.

Funcinpec’s Ministry of Edu­ca­tion Undersecretary of State Bou Chomserei, who is also an executive member of the Olympic committee, said he was not aware of Meas Sarin’s request.

He added that Prince Rana­riddh was elected to a five-year term as president with Hun Sen’s consent in 2005 and that a new congress could only be called with the prince’s permission.

The prince’s continued ab­sence is not a sufficient reason to re­move him, he added.

Bou Chomserei also said that there was no proof yet to support Hun Sen’s recent allegations that the prince lavishly spent $1 million of funds donated to the NOC.

“There are no results from the government’s inspection yet,” he said, adding that there were no ma­jor sporting events that have re­quired the prince’s presence.

“We need an influential leader to improve the sport sector,” he said in support of keeping the prince in his position.

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