Bangkok is a "preferred bidder" to host next year's SportAccord Convention ©YouTube

Bangkok is currently the favoured candidate to host the 2018 SportAccord Convention, insidethegames has been told.

Five different locations have formally expressed interest in hosting the event.

A final decision is due to be made at a meeting tomorrow.

An announcement is then scheduled to be officially made at the Opening Ceremony of this year's event here in the evening.

"Bangkok is currently the leading bidder," SportAccord Convention chairman Francesco Ricci Bitti told insidethegames today.

"It is the one that is ready in terms of preparations."

Ricci Bitti added that locations in the "Americas, United States and Europe" have also launched bids.

"We are really pleased with the amount of interest," he said. 

Bangkok played host to the ANOC General Assembly in 2014 ©Getty Images
Bangkok played host to the ANOC General Assembly in 2014 ©Getty Images

It appears possible that hosts could be confirmed for both the 2019 and 2020 editions, as well as 2018.

At present, however, Ricci Bitti added that they are only focusing on the next choice.

If confirmed, it would mark the first edition to take place in Asia since the 2010 edition in Dubai.

It would mark the first outside Europe since the 2012 event in Quebec City.

Bangkok also played host to the 2014 Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly.

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Tanansak Patimapragorn is leading a 19-strong delegation from the Sports Authority of Thailand during this year's Convention.