Ng Promises to Review Cost and Size of Olympic Games if Elected IOC President
August 27, 2013
The cost and size of future Olympic Games will be reviewed if International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidential candidate Ser Miang Ng is successful in his campaign.
Ng, price 64, store who helped deliver the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in his home nation Singapore, told Reuters it would be a priority of his to scale down the cost of events and the procedures for cities bidding to host the Olympics and YOG.
In an interview on Monday Ng said: “This will be one of the priority for sure. Even on the bid itself, the process. Whether we can make it more efficient, less costly with more respect to the cities to those bidding as well as for the sports themselves.
“But at the same time, when we talk about reducing the size of the Games there are more sports knocking on the door wanting to be part of it, so I think there is going to be a fine balance and we have got to find the optimum solution.”
Ng added: “There could be a review on number of athletes, different disciplines, there could be a review of disciplines in the existing sports.
“There could be a more optimum allocation of scheduling of competitions. I believe that there are some opportunities there for us to look at so we have to, definitely, consider some of these.”
Ng is campaigning to replace Jacques Rogge as the IOC President and will find out if he has been successful at the IOC’s 125th Session in Buenos Aires on September 10.
The former international sailor faces competition from Thomas Bach, Richard Carrion, Ching-Kuo Wu, Denis Oswald and former Olympic pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka.
You can read a full interview with Ser Miang Ng and his presidential campaign here.