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Ng Ser Miang to run for IOC president: Sources

Ng Ser Miang to run for IOC president: Sources


Several officials told AP yesterday that the 64-year-old Ng Ser Miang will formally announce his candidacy in Paris on Thursday.PHOTO: AP

LONDON - Singapore’s Ng Ser Miang is set to become the second declared candidate in the race to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the International Olympic Committee.

Several officials with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press today (May 14) that the 64-year-old Ng will formally announce his candidacy in Paris on Thursday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made yet.

Ng, an IOC vice president, chaired the organizing committee of the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.

German IOC vice president Thomas Bach announced his candidacy last Thursday in Frankfurt.

Rogge, who succeeded Juan Antonio Samaranch in 2001, steps down on Sept 10 after 12 years at the helm of the IOC.

Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, C K Wu of Taiwan and Sergei Bubka of Ukraine are among other likely contenders for the presidency.

The officials told the AP that Ng was in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday to notify Rogge of his decision.

Ng has been an IOC member since 1998 and has served on the policy-making executive board since 2005 and as a vice president since 2009. He has been Singapore’s ambassador to Norway since 2001 and is a former vice president of the international sailing federation.

Ng will be seen as a candidate from Asia, a continent with growing economic, political and sporting influence on the world stage.

Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, has been considered the front-runner in the IOC race. The former Olympic fencing gold medallist has served on the IOC executive board as a regular member or vice president since 1996.

The official deadline for candidacies is June 10, exactly three months before the election in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An unofficial election campaign has been going on for months, with Bach, Ng and other prospective candidates traveling the world to attend various Olympic gatherings to talk to members.

An announcement is likely by the end of the month from Carrion, a former executive board member who heads the IOC’s finance and audit commissions.

Also expected to declare are Bubka, the former pole vault champion who still holds the world record, and Wu, head of the international amateur boxing federation.

Two Swiss members, Rene Fasel and Denis Oswald, have been weighing their options. Fasel is president of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Oswald is the former long-time head of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. It is unlikely both will run. AP

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/ng...sources#inside

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Ng set to run for sport’s top job

Ng set to run for sport’s top job

Whoever becomes next IOC President faces huge task, says the Singaporean


SINGAPORE — International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President Ng Ser Miang is set to become the second declared candidate in the race to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC President.

Yesterday, the Associated Press (AP) reported that the 64-year-old is set to officially announce his candidacy for the elections at the 125th IOC Session on Sept 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, becoming the second IOC member to do so after Germany’s Thomas Bach, who announced his last week.

Several officials with knowledge of the decision told AP that Ng will formally announce his candidacy in Paris tomorrow. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials told AP that Ng was in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday to notify Rogge of his decision.

Ng, who did not comment on the AP report, is expected to deliver his remarks tomorrow.

But in an earlier interview with the website insidethegames which was published last week, he believes the next IOC chief will have to build on the legacy left by Rogge.

“The next President faces a difficult task to continue to build on the strong legacy of President Rogge and what he has done,” Ng told InsideTheGames.

“He has left the Olympic movement in a strong position since taking over from Juan Antonio Samaranch and he has done great things.

“The new IOC President must carry on his fight against doping in sport and his fight against illegal betting in sport. They must also build on his creation of the Youth Olympic Games.

“So it is definitely going to be a very daunting challenge to follow him and the new President must be prepared for the task.”

Ng, an IOC member since 1998 and part of its policy-making Executive Board since 2005, is best known for chairing the organising committee for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010.

Although Bach, a 59-year-old lawyer and 1976 Olympic gold medallist in fencing, is considered the front runner, Ng is seen as a candidate from Asia, a continent with growing economic, political and sporting influence on the world stage.

The IOC President will be elected by its 101 members via a secret ballot, and has a maximum mandate of eight years, which can be renewed once after four years.

Others likely to declare their candidacy by the June 10 deadline include Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrion, who heads the IOC’s finance and audit commissions, International Boxing Association President C K Wu of Taiwan, and the Ukraine’s IOC member Sergey Bubka, who won the men’s pole vault at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and who still holds the world record in the event.

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/ng...top-job#inside

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Ng seen as strong candidate

Ng seen as strong candidate


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S’porean, who is set to declare his candidacy for IOC presidency today, is highly regarded

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TAN YO-HINN


SINGAPORE — At the rate things have been going in his sports career, Thomas Bach certainly appears the favourite to become the most powerful man in sport. The 59-year-old German is an Olympic champion — he won a gold in fencing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics — and he has reportedly never lost an election as a sports administrator.

Small wonder then that the current International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President is considered the front runner to succeed Jacques Rogge as IOC President.

But Bach’s bid is likely to face a strong challenge from his fellow IOC Vice-President Ng Ser Miang (picture), who is expected to declare his candidacy and manifesto in Paris today. And those TODAY spoke to believe the 64-year-old Singaporean will also make a strong candidate.

“We’ve worked together in many projects, like the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore, and we’re very happy with this,” said Cornel Marculescu, the Executive Director of FINA, the world body for aquatics. “We also respect him very much and he always comes to our world championships.”

Olympic Council of Malaysia Secretary-General Sieh Kok Chi also believes Ng would be a “good option” to other candidates like Bach.

“What I’ve noticed is, unlike many others, he travels with a very small entourage so, in that way, he’s very independent and clear on what he wants to do, without too many people telling him all sorts of things and complicating matters,” said Sieh.

According to Olympic news website insidethegames.com, Ng’s decision to possibly declare his candidacy in Paris could be to appeal to the IOC’s Francophone arm, and he is reportedly taking French lessons.

But Terence Khoo, Managing Director of Singapore-based sports marketing and consultancy firm ESG — the sponsorship agency for the Badminton World Federation’s Super Series — believes language will not be a factor.

“If he does run (for the presidency), race and nationality should not be on the agenda. It should be about ability and diplomacy,” said the 42-year-old former national rugby captain. “Sport and diplomacy cut through barriers.”

All candidatures must be submitted by June 10, and the IOC’s 101 members will vote via a secret ballot at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept 10, when Rogge ends his 12-year tenure.

Other possible candidates include International Boxing Association President Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan, International Association of Athletics Federations Vice-President Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine, and Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrion, head of the IOC’s finance and audit commissions.

But Ng is seen as a serious contender from Asia, which is an emerging player in the economic, political and sporting spheres.

The former national sailor, who is Chairman of Singapore’s largest supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice, helmed the organising committee for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games — the brainchild of Rogge — in Singapore.

Ng told insidethegames.com last week that the next IOC President faces a “daunting challenge” dealing with issues such as doping and illegal betting in sport.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the IOC is proposing the establishment of a global system, called the “Olympic movement monitoring system”, to monitor betting patterns during major sporting events to combat corruption. This system is to be made available to international sports federations to use during their championships.

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/ng...ndidate#inside

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Youth must drive Olympic movement: Ng Ser Miang

Youth must drive Olympic movement: Ng Ser Miang
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Singaporean declares candidacy to succeed IOC President Rogge, says youth key to its future

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TAN YO-HINN


SINGAPORE - International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President Ng Ser Miang has officially declared his candidacy to become the next IOC President.

The 64-year-old Singaporean made the announcement in Paris earlier today (5.30pm Singapore time) in Paris. He becomes the second IOC member after Germany’s Thomas Bach - also an IOC Vice-President - made his in Frankfurt last week.

Speaking to Singapore media via conference call earlier, he said issues like the size and cost of future Olympic Games, education, doping and match-fixing will be addressed during his election campaign in the lead to the elections to choose a successor to Jacques Rogge at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept 10.

But he also stressed that youth must continue to be at the heart of the Olympic movement.

Ng added he believes he can be the “inclusive, universal” leader that the IOC needs. Ultimately, he added, whoever the next IOC President is must be the best possible person for the job.

“For the job of the IOC President more than a person,” said Ng, responding to a question from TODAY.

“The movement is more than a person, and I believe that for the presidency one has to give his total commitment if elected, and if all the best candidates come together to put forward their views, then I think we would have created a very strong platform for whoever is elected to work on, with all the different views and strengths.”

At the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, the IOC’s 101 members will vote via a secret ballot to choose the Lausanne-based organisation’s next leader.

Others expected to declare their candidacy by the June 10 deadline for the IOC Presidency include Puerto Rico’s Richard Carrion, the IOC’s head of audit and finance commissions, International Association of Athletics Federation Vice-President Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine, and International Boxing Association President Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan.

If Ng is elected, he will become the 118-year-old IOC’s first Asian, and only its second non-European President after American Avery Brundage.

Ng, a former national sailor who won a silver medal at the 1969 South-east Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games, has been IOC member since 1998, and part of its policy-making Executive Board since 2005.

He is also a Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and the Chairman of NTUC FairPrice, Singapore’s largest supermarket chain.

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/ot...t-ng-ser-miang

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Re: Ng Ser Miang to run for IOC president: Sources

S'pore leaders, sports community support Ng's IOC presidency bid

Singapore's President Tony Tan and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean have given Ng Ser Miang their full support, while the local sports community also reacted positively to Ng's decision to bid for the IOC presidency.

By Patwant Singh
POSTED: 16 May 2013 9:00 PM


SINGAPORE: Singapore's leaders have given their full support to Ng Ser Miang's bid for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

President Tony Tan Keng Yam wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday that Mr Ng's "wide experience and extensive involvement in sports at the national and international levels make him eminently qualified" to lead the IOC.

Dr Tan also wished Mr Ng all the best for his candidature.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, said he is happy with Mr Ng's bid to run for the IOC presidency.

He added that Mr Ng has played a pivotal role in the growth of sports in Singapore and contributed greatly in the development of youth sports internationally.

DPM Teo also said that if Mr Ng is elected president of the IOC, he would be able to build on the good work and lead the Olympic movement to greater heights.

The local sports community also reacted positively to Mr Ng's decision.

Shiny Fang, who is the secretary-general of the International Modern Pentathlon Union, said she is pleased to hear Mr Ng announce his candidacy.

"Because I'm also Asian, so it's good to see one Asian leader can be a candidate. But as I said, all the candidates are very competent, very powerful. Anything is possible. So this competition for IOC president is not (going to be) easy.

Ms Fang also discussed Mr Ng's chances as compared to Germany's Thomas Bach, who was the first to declare his candidacy.

She said it is difficult to predict Mr Ng's chances of winning the bid. "But I think as an Asian, the IOC members, the Asian IOC members and a lot of people will support him. That's for sure."

However, she felt that it might not be the right time for an Asian to become an IOC president.

She said: "At this moment, the European leaders are the majority in the Olympic movement... I'm not sure if it is the right timing for Asian leaders to be the IOC presidential candidates.

"But it's a good thing, for all of us, especially for Asians, to say we have candidates for this leadership. It's good, but it's not easy."

Low Teo Ping, president of the Singapore Rugby Union, said: "It does reflect, number one the fact that Mr Ng has contributed a lot to sports, not only in Singapore, in the region but also globally, having been involved as the first vice-president of IOC.

"Secondly, I think somebody from Asia definitely will be able to present a new perspective, an Asian perspective to world sports -- given the fact that Asia has in fact come a long way now in the sporting landscape globally, you know."

President of the Football Association of Singapore, Zainudin Nordin, said: "The IOC has been led, in my view, for a long, long time by people from different parts of the world and I would say if there is an opportunity for a candidate from our country to be able to do it, why not Mr Ng Ser Miang, who to me is a very capable person."

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...-/677634.html#

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