Olympics: IOC declares six-man race for presidency

LAUSANNE (AP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially declared its presidential election a six-man race to succeed Jacques Rogge in September.

There were no surprises on Friday after all six launched their campaigns ahead of an overnight deadline to enter.

They are: IOC vice-presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore; executive board members Sergey Bubka of Ukraine and C.K. Wu of Taiwan; and former board members Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico and Denis Oswald of Switzerland.

The election is scheduled for Sept 10 at the IOC annual assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The six will pitch to 100-plus IOC members at closed-door meetings in Lausanne on July 3 and 4.

Belgian Rogge is stepping down after completing the maximum 12-year mandate.