SINGAPORE - In part 1 of this Supper Club interview, veteran sports administrator Ng Ser Miang talks about his failed bid a fortnight ago for the most powerful role in world sports - the presidency of the International Olympic Committee.
Q: You got back from the IOC session in Buenos Aires a week ago. What have you been doing since?
It was a really long flight to get back, about 30 hours. First thing was to catch up on sleep, deal with the jet lag. It's good to be home. But I started work straightaway, clearing e-mails, responding to messages, phone calls. I played one round of golf on Sunday at Marina Bay. But I was very stiff (from the travels). It was horrible, I don't know the score. I play at different courses, but usually at Marina Bay.
Q: What have friends been saying to you since you got back?
The past few days have been overwhelming. Even this afternoon when I was at a friend's factory opening, people talked about it with me. It was very heartwarming and quite surprising that this campaign has created so much interest and attention. Fellow Singaporeans are happy and they all understand it's a very tough race. They had very kind words of encouragement. I've been receiving messages from the Prime Minister, President...and a very nice note from (Acting Minister for Community, Culture and Youth) Lawrence Wong as well. Truly very touched.
Q: You say it was a tough race. You exited in the second round. What was the first thing you did when you discovered you had lost?
After the second round, the scrutineer said members had elected a president and an announcement would be made one hour later. The first thing I thought was, based on all the calculations, probably Thomas Bach had won, so I went over to congratulate him. Also, the calculation was that if anybody was going to beat Thomas, it would probably be in the fourth or fifth round.