Singapore lawyer Michael Hwang was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal - conferred by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) - for his services to the Olympic movement on Monday morning. IOC member Ng Ser Miang was on hand to present Hwang with the medal at the Singapore Sports Museum.
Hwang has been actively involved in sports since being nominated as a representative of the IOC on the International Council of Arbitration for Sports (ICAS) in 2006. The ICAS is an international body formed to resolve disputes in sports. He also supervised a panel of arbitrators for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which handles all disputes and complaints arising during the meet in New Delhi.
He was also appointed president of the ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) created for the recently-concluded Incheon Asian Games, where he had to form panels to hear disputes such as selection issues, doping cases, and protests against officiating.
Hwang graduated from Oxford University, where he was a scholar and prizewinner. He now runs his own firm Michael Hwang Chambers and practices mainly as an international arbitrator.