IOC Vice President Ng Ser Miang of Singapore officially entered the race for IOC president on Thursday, announcing his candidacy at the Sorbonne in Paris where the Games were originally founded back in 1894.
Ng, 64, a former vice president of the international sailing federation, has served the IOC since 1998, including time spent as Norway’s non-resident ambassador since 2001, and as an executive board member since 2005. He also chaired the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.
“I come from Singapore, a multi-racial, multi-cultural society whose success is based on teamwork,” Ng told the Associated Press after announcing on Thursday. “I am proud to be Asian, but I am also a global citizen. This gives me a unique perspective as an IOC member.”
Ng will aim to become the first Asian to hold the position, following seven Europeans and a lone American, Avery Brundage, who oversaw ten Olympic Games when he served as President of the the IOC from 1952 to 1972. Ng believes his time spent working with European, African, and South American cities makes him a strong candidate, and he sent his official manifesto to voting members on Wedenesday.
“The Olympic movement faces a new and rapidly changing world. The IOC will require a leader with a universal perspective and an inclusive, cooperative-leadership style. The world is changing and the movement must change with it. I believe that we can do more and that we must do more.”
Ng follows fellow IOC vice president Thomas Bach of Germany, who declared his bid for the presidency last week. The two men are expected to be joined in the race by IOC Finance Commission chair Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, and IIHF president Rene Fasel of Switzerland, among others.
Olympic gold medalists ramp up their track and field seasons at the Penn Relays and Drake Relays, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold this weekend.
Athletes are working toward the U.S. Championships in June and the world championships in August.
First, the historic Penn Relays will air on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold on Friday (5:30-6:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-3 p.m. ET).
USA vs. The World in men’s and women’s 4x100m, 4x400m and sprint medley relays will air live on Saturday from Franklin Field in Philadelphia. A full schedule is here.
The U.S. teams are led by Olympic relay champions English Gardner and Natasha Hastings. The full roster is here.
Rio Olympic rematches highlight the individual-event fields at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold from 3-5 p.m ET on Saturday. A full schedule is here.
Perhaps no field is deeper than the 100m hurdles. World-record holder Keni Harrison takes on Rio silver and bronze medalists Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali, plus 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson.
The 110m hurdles contingent is strong as well. It features the last two Olympic champions, Jamaican Omar McLeod and American Aries Merritt, plus 2013 World champion David Oliver.
Grenada’s Kirani James and American LaShawn Merritt, who earned silver and bronze in Rio, go head-to-head again in the 400m at Drake.
The men’s 1500m is headlined by Rio Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and London Olympic 1500m silver medalist Leo Manzano.
Rio bronze medalist Jenny Simpson races individually for the first time this year in the women’s 1500m.
That field also includes New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin, who gained fame of her own in Rio. Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino fell in an Olympic 5000m heat and helped each other make it to the finish line. Both were praised for their sportsmanship.
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Esports are gaining momentum in the international sports movement, but they are not close to becoming an Olympic sport.
“We are not yet 100 percent clear whether esports is really sport, with regard to physical activity and what it needs to be considered sport,” IOC president Thomas Bach said Tuesday, according to insidethegames. “We do not see an organization or a structure that will give us confidence, or guarantee, that in this area the Olympic rules and values of sport are respected and in place, and that the implementation of these rules are monitored and secured.”
The first clear step (of many) to become an Olympic sport is for the IOC to recognize the sport’s international governing body.
Esports will be added as a medal sport to the Asian Games in 2022, and has been praised by LA 2024 Olympic bid chairman Casey Wasserman, but it is not yet IOC recognized.
“We are watching it, we see the differences, we see the lack of organisation,” Bach said, according to the report. “But we also see the high engagement of youth in esports. Therefore, we have to carefully consider how this could be consolidated.”
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