August 23 - London bookmakers William Hill have installed Germany's long-serving International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Thomas Bach as clear favourite to succeed Jacques Rogge as the new leader of the organisation ahead of the election in Buenos Aires on September 10.
The 59-year-old lawyer, a fencing gold medallist in the 1976 Montreal Games, is priced at evens.
But coming up fast on the rails in the Presidential Stakes is Singaporean Ser Miang Ng, 63.
The former yachtsman is now joint second favourite at 4-1 with Puerto Rican banker Richard Carrion, 60.
The bookies suggest Ng, architect of the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, could be the dark horse in the six-strong field.
The Ukrainian pole vault legend Sergey Bubka, 49, a late runner, is a their 10-1 outsider with Swiss Denis Oswald, 65, and 66-year-old International Boxing Association (AIBA) President C K Wu, from Taiwan, jointly priced at 6-1.
At 4-9 on, Tokyo is strong favourite to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympics Games, ahead Istanbul at 3-1 and Madrid 9-2, when the decision is made at the IOC Session in the Argentinian capital on September 7
William Hilll also suggest under-threat wrestling looks certain to retain its place in the Olympic sports programme, making it 4-7 on to get IOC approval over squash at 7-4 with baseball-softball given little chance at 8-1 when the decision is made on September 8.
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