IOC session: You're very special to S'poreans, Ser Miang

IOC session: You're very special to S'poreans, Ser Miang

WHY?

Backing of incumbent Jacques Rogge

Backing of Asian candidates

Close links with China

Good contacts

Experience and history of leadership

The man who submitted the nomination of Ng Ser Miang to be an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member in the mid-90s is backing his fellow-Singaporean to be the next IOC president.

S S Dhillon, secretary-general of the Singapore National Olympic Council from 1971 to 1996, believes that Ng will win the vote in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Dhillon, 82, who has known Ng for more than 40 years, dissected the voting issue by running through the names of the 103 members who would vote.

Then, sieving through the list with a focus on continental leaning, he placed Ng above the other five candidates.

Rivalling the 64-year-old Ng are Germany's Thomas Bach, 59, Puerto Rico's Richard Carrion, 60, Taiwan's Wu Ching-kuo, 66, Ukraine's Sergei Bubka, 49, and Switzerland's Denis Oswald, 67.

Without going into the negatives of the other candidates and ignoring the allegations that Bach had solicited a lobby from a Kuwaiti official (as against the IOC voting rules), Dhillon focused on the positives going for Ng.

Then in a no-holds-barred assertion, he said: "He has the backing of the incumbent Jacques Rogge. Ser Miang has known the Belgian (who competed in the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics) from their sailing days.

"And they got closer after Ser Miang became an IOC member and then vice-president.

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