Ng's legacy comes into focus

Ng's legacy comes into focus

As he flitted through the corridors of power at the 125th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires over the last week, Ng Ser Miang bumped into an Argentinian working for the South American country's National Olympic Committee.

She worked here during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and when I spoke to Ng on Sunday, he related how she moved him when she told him the password on her computer was "Singapore".

He was proud.

Singapore's Ng (above) is a vice-president at the IOC.

He was instrumental in giving life to the Youth Olympics, an idea of IOC president Jacques Rogge.

It is a legacy that stirs his heart.

Tonight, he will find out if 103 of his colleagues at the IOC entrust him with the most important job in sport, alongside football's Sepp Blatter.

I'm not sure how many Singaporeans will be watching TV at 11.30pm for the "live" announcement of Rogge's successor from the Argentine capital.

When the dust settles, I wonder what the legacy of Ng's candidacy will be in Singapore.

I hope his bid to be the leader of one of the two most powerful sports bodies in the world will inspire Singaporeans.

Win or lose, I hope Ng's race will send yet another signal to Singaporeans of the value and power of sport.

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