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.