Ng stays calm and is happy with Olympic campaign

Ng stays calm and is happy with Olympic campaign

Buenos Aires - In sporting parlance, this is the last quarter, the home stretch, the final race.

But with just days to go before what could arguably be the biggest day of his life, Singapore's Ng Ser Miang is unfazed. A former sailor, his sporting training is probably kicking in, calming him ahead of this one last hurrah. Win or lose, the man who is one of six running for presidency of the International Olympic Committee can take comfort in a campaign which, he says, has "raised the bar".

"Maybe it's because I'm older, but I'm actually quite calm, happy with the campaign I've run, I've given it my best," said Ng, 64, who is hopeful that his vision of putting youth at the heart of the Olympic movement and a radical approach to empower fellow IOC members is shared by the majority of the 100-odd Olympic family.

On Tuesday, should he beat hot favourite Thomas Bach of Germany and stave off the challenge of Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Ng will become the IOC's first Asian president, and only the second non-European.

That he has managed to mount a creditable campaign, pushing Bach, who had for many years been considered as the heir apparent to outgoing IOC president Jacques Rogge, is testament to the great strides he has made since becoming an IOC member in 1998.

"My campaign has got my fellow members to think about their roles within the IOC and the huge potential we have," said Ng in the lobby of the Hilton Buenos Aires, where the 125th IOC Session is held.

"It asks the question of what the fundamental role of the movement is and what members can do to further our cause. President Rogge spoke about how he will be leaving his successor with vast and large tools and resources to serve humanity and I firmly believe that.

"The IOC is a powerful social force and if we have a common, shared vision, there is much more we can do."

His vision of introducing the values of Olympism to the youth of the world is a long-term project. While his competitors, who include Taiwan's Wu Ching-kuo, Ukraine's Sergei Bubka and Switzerland's Denis Oswald, zoom in on the dangers that doping and illegal betting pose to sport, Ng prefers a more macro approach.

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