Singapore, 13 October 2014 – On behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IOC President Dr Thomas Bach, IOC Member Mr Ng Ser Miang awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal to Mr Michael Hwang, 71, for his exceptional services to the Olympic movement at the Singapore Sports Museum today.
Mr Hwang has been involved with the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2006 and has actively contributed to the impressive development of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for eight years. He also chaired the CAS ad hoc division of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010. He now practises mainly as an International Arbitrator, with a selective advisory practice as Senior Counsel.
The Pierre de Coubertin medal is a special decoration awarded by the IOC to recipients who exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship in Olympic events or through exception service to the Olympic movement. Mr Hwang is the first Singaporean to receive this medal. Previous recipients of the medal include Olympic champion Emil Zápotek for his triple gold-medal showing at the 1952 Olympic Games and Olympic sailor Lawrence Lemieux for his act of sportsmanship and courage when he rescued two capsized sailors.
Said Mr Michael Hwang, “It is a great honour to receive a medal associated with the Olympics bearing the name of the founder of the Olympic movement. In that respect, I feel honoured and also humbled.”
Said Mr Ng Ser Miang, “Michael has served eight years on the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) with distinction and contributed to the rapid development of ICAS internationally. It is a great honour and recognition for Singapore as well as the volunteers who continually serve and contribute to the Olympic movement.”