BUENOS AIRES - He may have lost out in the race for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidency but Singaporean Ng Ser Miang still received widespread praise for his campaign which, if successful, would have made him the organisation's first Asian head.
Leading the plaudits was Singapore National Olympic Council president Teo Chee Hean, who pointed out: "Ser Miang strongly believes in the Olympic Movement and has a deep passion for Olympism. This is what motivated him to take up the challenge to run for the IOC presidency.
"I am confident that Ser Miang will continue to contribute to the growth of sport in Singapore and sport development internationally."
In a statement, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong added: "As fellow Singaporeans, we are proud of Ser Miang's achievements and his tireless efforts in promoting sports and the Olympic spirit in Singapore and internationally.
"He has served with distinction in key leadership roles like the vice-president of the IOC and chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.
"I am confident that Ser Miang will continue to contribute to sports with the same drive, passion and vision that he has shown throughout his career and his many contributions to public service. I wish him every success in his future endeavours."
Also congratulating Ng, 64, on his campaign was Singapore Sports Council chief Lim Teck Yin: "Throughout his campaign, Mr Ng contested strongly with a very compelling manifesto. This speaks volumes of his conviction and belief in the Olympic movement and how it can help communities live better through sport.
"His decision to run for the highest office in sport and what he has achieved in the process is truly an inspiration for everyone in Asia and Singapore.
"We are proud of what he has done for Singapore and for sport, and look forward to working with him towards Vision 2030."