IOC presidential race: Ng relaxed ahead of election day but says work is far from over

Singapore's diplomat and businessman Ng Ser Miang arrives to attend the first International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting in Buenos Aires on Sept 04, 2013. Speaking to The Straits Times, Ng said that regardless of Tuesday's outcome,
Singapore's diplomat and businessman Ng Ser Miang arrives to attend the first International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting in Buenos Aires on Sept 04, 2013. Speaking to The Straits Times, Ng said that regardless of Tuesday's outcome, he has enjoyed his campaign, which he officially announced in May. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HANDS in his khaki pants, looking comfortable despite the chilly Buenos Aires weather, Ng Ser Miang cut a relaxed figure as he took questions from both Japanese and Argentinian media outside the Hilton hotel.

The Singaporean is one of six candidates in the running to succeed Jacques Rogge as president of the International Olympic Committee.

But before he faces the scrutiny of the IOC's 100-odd members on Tuesday, Ng, 64 and the IOC's first vice-president, addressed difficult topics such as the effect the Fukushima contamination might have on Tokyo's hopes to host the 2020 Olympics and whether the 2014 Winter Games should be taken away from Sochi. There have been calls to strip Sochi of the Games over Russia's controversial legislation which prohibits propaganda of homosexuality to minors.

Speaking to The Straits Times, Ng said that regardless of Tuesday's outcome, he has enjoyed his campaign, which he officially announced in May.

"It's been an exciting and meaningful campaign," said the former national sailor, who, along with Thomas Bach of Germany and Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, are the favourites to take over sport's top job.

"I'm relaxed but the work is not over. The competition goes on right until the end, no one can take anything for granted."

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