Nigeria Olympic Committee President Habu Gumel and Aruba’s Nicole Hoevertsz are favourites for two vacant positions on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.
Both have written to IOC colleagues requesting their support and both are thought to have the backing of senior figures within the organisation.
A vote will take place during the IOC Session in Lima between September 13 and 16.
Other individuals, including Switzerland’s Denis Oswald and Hungary’s Pal Schmitt, are also considered to be potential candidates.
The addition of Gumel would end the current situation of there being no African representatives on the Board.
Hoevertsz being appointed, meanwhile, would bring the total number of female members to four out of 15.
Gumel, 68, is at present an executive vice-president of the International Volleyball Federation and treasurer general of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.
He is considered a loyal supporter of both the IOC leadership and Association of National Olympic Committees President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
Gumel became an IOC member in 2009 so would have to stand down when reaching the age limit of 70 in two years time unless he is awarded one of five special extensions by IOC President Thomas Bach.