IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng: "Taekwondo is on the right direction"
“Taekwondo has solved many problems since London 2012. The improvement of the scoring method through the PSS and the more transparent refereeing have been certainly effective”.
IOC Vice-President Ser Miang Ng was present at the International Sport Cooperation Conference held in Seoul and had an interview with Joongang News on October 29th, where he gave a positive evaluation on Taekwondo: “Taekwondo has solved many problems since London 2012. Taekwondo is developing on the right direction”.
Ser Miang Ng said that “the improvement of the scoring method through the PSS and the more transparent refereeing have been certainly effective. Unlike previous competitions, Taekwondo has become more exciting as now one cannot foresee what will happen”.
The Olympic Core Sports will be reduced from 26 to 25 in September 2013, during the 125th IOC Session. At the IOC Executive Board Meeting in February 2013 it will be decided which 2 sports will be excluded from the Olympic Program and the final decision will be made at the IOC General Assembly. Now the issue is whether Taekwondo will be one of the excluded sports or not, as other martial arts such as Wu-Shu and Karate are currently trying to become part of the Olympic Program.
Ser Miang Ng explained that “the decision will be made at next year’s IOC Executive Board Meeting, but Taekwondo is developing on the right direction”. These are definitely good news for our sport, but it is too early to be relieved: Ser Miagn Ng also pointed out that the WTF needs to be more globalized.
“IOC’s message for improvement is clear. Taekwondo is practiced by people from all around the world, and as such, it must become more international. I hope that the WTF’s leadership and Taekwondo’s many aspects become more globalized. The fact that the WTF appointed a non-Korean secretary general (Jean-Marie Ayer) is very positive”.
When the IOC refers to “become more international”, we understand it implies that the WTF must develop into a more transparent and fairer sports governing body through the internationalization of its organization, staff, functions and work.
Ser Miang Ng also expressed his expectations towards the potential of Taekwondo’s cultural aspect: “Very recently I had the opportunity to attend an event organized by the Korean Embassy in Singapore, where Taekwondo techniques were applied during a certain performance. It was very impressive to see how sports and arts were grafted in this show. If Taekwondo’s cultural aspect is maximized, it might be very helpful for Taekwondo’s development.”
*Who is Ser Miang Ng?
Ser Miang Ng is one of the IOC Vice-Presidents and holds the second rank right within the IOC right after IOC President Jacque Rogge.
He was a former sailing athlete and became an IOC member while he was the Vice-President of the International Sailing Federation in 1998. He has also been a successful businessman, expanding his business within Singapore in the public transportation, insurance, venture capital and leisure industries. On the political side, Ser Miang Ng has been a diplomatic (Ambassador to Hungary and Norway) and a nominated member of Parliament.
Being the top Asian figure in the sports world, Ser Miang Ng is considered to be a potential candidate to the IOC Presidency and whom IOC Vice-President Thomas Bach should check in case both decide to run for the elections in September 2013.
Sung Jin Park
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