SINGAPORE: International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice—President Ng Ser Miang has emerged as a strong candidate for the top position in the IOC.
President Jacques Rogge is set to step down from his post next year in Buenos Aires due to term limits.
And Mr Ng, who is shaping up as a strong candidate to replace the 70—year—old Belgian, is widely tipped to become the next IOC chief.
The 62—year—old has been an IOC member since 1998, and is currently one of the four vice—presidents of the governing body.
Candidates are required to put in their Presidential bids three months prior to the IOC session in Buenos Aires in September 2013.
A strong candidate for the post, he could also be the first Asian to lead this prestigious organisation.
Mr Ng remained guarded on that possibility.
Mr Ng said: "The IOC is a world body, so you are looking at someone who is leading an international organization. Whether (the person) is an Asian, European or others, (the person) has to be a world leader."
He added: "As far as I am concerned I think, I will be among those who are discussing the leadership succession. I am not ready to answer the question as to my potential yet."
One of Mr Ng’s major achievements was to help Singapore win the bid to host the Youth Olympic Games and successfully staging the inaugural event.