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Singapore’s Ser Miang announces bid for IOC president

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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.

2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

MORE: Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold headline Skate America

Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

MORE: Fiji wins nation’s first Olympic medal