Would-be International Olympic Committee (IOC) manager Ng Ser Miang said the body would benefit from having an Asian leader and pledged a new era for the organisation as the race for the presidency enters the home straight.
The Singapore diplomat told AFP that the IOC needs a ‘different perspective’.
The 64-year-old Ng is considered a strong contender among the six candidates vying to replace Belgium’s Jacques Rogge as IOC president in a vote in Buenos Aires on September 10.
The IOC has had seven European presidents and one American, with Rogge in charge since 2001.
“The IOC has become very global and I think for the IOC it’s also important to have a different perspective, in this case coming from a very important part of the world,” said Ng
He added: “I hope so!” when asked if it was time the IOC had an Asian leader.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2013.
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