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.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.
Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a “human rights salute.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Wednesday, then later that evening at an awards celebration in Washington.
The sprinters have been referenced frequently in the recent protests, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, during national anthems at NFL games. One player, Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raised his own black-gloved fist before Kansas City’s season opener.
“I think Tommie and John have played an important and positive role in the evolution of our attitudes about diversity and inclusion, not only in the United States but around the world,” Blackmun said Friday night at a dinner to celebrate the U.S. performance in Brazil this summer.
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The men’s marathon world record has been broken five of the last nine years at the Berlin Marathon.
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, believes that he can do it again on Sunday, when the race will stream live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET.
“I’ve trained well and, three years down the line from my world record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential to attempt the world record once more,” he said at today’s press conference, according to the IAAF. “Running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am very focused on the world record.”
Kipsang clocked 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds when he broke the world record in 2013. A year later, fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto lowered it to 2:02:57 on the same course. Kimetto will not race in Berlin this year.
Kipsang will be challenged by Kenyan compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, who has the fastest time (2:03:13) in the field, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.
Bekele is a three-time Olympic track champion and the 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder, but acknowledged that his marathon personal best of 2:05:04 places him a distant fourth in the field.
“I consider my personal best of 2:05 to be slow compared to the best runners,” he said. “I want to run as fast as I can on Sunday and beat my best.”
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