Wu Ching-kuo speaks at a forum. (Photo/Cheng Jen-nan)
Taiwan's contender for the International Olympic Committee's presidency is popular among the six-man race, according to unfinished online polls.
A survey by sports website aroundtherings.com shows that Wu Ching-kuo, 66, has garnered 43.76% of the votes cast in the popularity rating so far, leading the second-highest hopeful, Ukraine's Sergey Bubka, 49, by 14.24 percentage points.
The poll, which has no deadline, does not specify a current total number of votes.
Wu's popularity could be due to his experience in sports circles — he has served for more than 25 years on the IOC and has headed the International Boxing Association for the past seven years.
Rounding out the list are Germany's Thomas Bach (8.15%), Puerto Rico's Richard Carrion (7.88%), Singapore's Ng Ser-miang (5.99%) and Denis Oswald of Switzerland (4.75%).
Another survey by website insidethegames.biz shows a similar picture, with Wu having garnered 549 votes as of 6pm Wednesday, nearly 28% of the total 1,992 cast.
Bubka topped that list with 923 votes, or 46.3%, followed by 60-year-old Carrion with 350 votes, or 17.6%.
Oswald, Bach and Ng rounded out the list in that order with fewer than 100 votes each. The poll will close Sept 6.
Those interested can cast their votes and voice their opinions on the Around the Rings website and on the Inside the Games website.
An election will be held during an IOC session in September in Buenos Aires to replace the incumbent Jacques Rogge of Belgium, who finishes his 12 years of service this year.
The September session will not only select the new leader of the world's most influential sports group but will also decide upon the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games, as well as an additional sport to be added to the Olympic program.