Tokyo – Tokyo has welcomed its reported lead at the bookies in the bid for the 2020 Olympics, despite the “jinx” that has derailed such favourites in recent races.
The Japanese capital remained ahead of rivals Madrid and Istanbul midday Friday in odds offered by major betting companies, despite an upsurge of worrying reports about radioactive leaks from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
At noon (5am SA time), Tokyo's bid was 4/6, against 11/4 for Madrid and 3/1 for Istanbul, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.
William Hill put Tokyo at 10/11, while punters could get 5/4 for Madrid and 5/1 for Istanbul.
Oddschecker, a website that compiles the odds offered by different bookmakers, said Tokyo accounted for about 43 percent of bets on the 2020 winning city, against about 34 percent for Madrid and 20 percent for Istanbul.