Ng Ser Miang's qualifications for the bid of International Olympics Committee (IOC) President - reputedly most powerful man in world sports - were listed as President of organising committee of 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics, vice-president of International Sailing Federation 1994-98, and non-resident Singapore ambassador to Norway.
The "Pros" in his favour:
Candidate from Asia, continent of increasing influence; organiser of inaugural Youth Olympics, affable personality, popular with members, diplomatic experience.
The "Cons" against his selection:
Seen by some as "too nice," not viewed as having imposing public presence, potential opposition from some Asian countries.
His own assessment of his "Strengths":
"I am proud to be Asian, but I'm also global. To lead a world organisation, it is necessary to have a world view. Being from Asia is also advantageous because I would bring to the table a different perspective."
Ng was supposed be among the top three, and one of two candidates from Asia, the other being C. K. Wu of Taiwan.
Nice try, Mr Ng, but no cigar. Perhaps it wasn't a good idea to mention the botched Youth Olympics Games involvement.