Mr Ng Ser Miang, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President, is the first person from ASEAN to contest for IOC's top job (photo by IOC).
Singapore, 16 May 2013 - Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Vice President Mr Ng Ser Miang has declared his candidature for the Presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at a press conference held in Paris, France earlier today.
He is the first man from the ASEAN region to contest for the post, with the IOC looking to elect a new President during the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 10 September later this year.
Following news of his candidature, Mr Ng has found support from senior members of the local sporting fraternity, most notably from SNOC and the Singapore Sports Council (SSC).
Said Mr Teo Chee Hean, President of SNOC, "Having seen how he inspires his teams with his vision and leadership, I am confident that if elected President of the IOC, Ser Miang will be able to build on the good work that has been achieved and lead the Olympic movement to greater heights."
Mr Lim Teck Yin, SSC's CEO, also lent his full support to Mr Ng. "Mr Ng has always been a significant leading mover in Sporting Singapore. During his tenure as chairman of the Singapore Sports Council, he laid the foundation for national sports participation through the provision of affordable, accessible sports facilities and programmes for everyone."
He added, "His strong desire to do the best for the sporting community stand testament to the Olympic values. In his role as Vice President of SNOC, he is a stalwart of support for our national athletes.”
Mr Ng is an IOC vice president, and becomes the second candidate to declare his candidature for IOC's top job after Germany's Thomas Bach announced his candidacy last week in Frankfurt.