It seems like this summer gets better every day for all sports fans. After the thrilling Euro 2020 soccer tournament, we have another major sporting event to be excited about – The Olympic Games.
This global event waited by some of the most elite athletes in the world is finally here after a lengthy delay due to Covid-19 restrictions. With that said, don’t think that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics name is a typo. Officials decided to keep the same name even though the event is organized in 2021.
More sport means that there are more things to watch, get involved in, or bet on.
Can You Actually Bet on the Olympics?
Yes! Betting on the Olympic games is not only legal but also highly accepted by many bookies. For most bettors, the Olympic games are the perfect event to enjoy some betting and possibly earn some money.
Since there are so many events lined up for this summer, you must take a closer look at what the Olympic games have to offer and do a bit of homework before placing bets.
When will the 2020 Olympics Start and What to Expect?
The opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for July 23 even though some of the events of the Games start a couple of days earlier, and it will run until August 8, 2021. The opening ceremony will start at 8 pm local time and it will be held in the main Olympic Stadium.
As usual, organizers are trying to increase the ‘wow’ factor of the opening ceremony by keeping everything a secret, but this doesn’t stop the rumors that circle around about this event. Most of them suggest that the main theme of the opening ceremony will be Japan’s technological advancements and video game characters, but we have to wait and see.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Through Numbers
Although the preparations took more than usual and the Games were delayed, this year’s Olympic Games are unique and we can see that through the numbers.
First of all, this year’s games will be the most gender-balanced Games in history maintaining an exactly 50% between male and female participants.
This year’s organizers added five new sports such as baseball/softball, surfing, sport climbing, karate, and skateboarding. There will be 339 sporting events over the course of two weeks and there are more than 11,000 athletes are expected to take part in these Games.
In other words, there is plenty of action and things to bet on.
Must-see Events on the Olympic Games
Even though most Olympic Games events will be exciting to watch, some stand out and probably will get more attention from the audience.
Being the most popular sport in the world, there is no doubt that soccer matches will be the highlight of the event, especially since most fans are still pumped up from the Euro 2020. Brazil was the winner of the last Olympic Games in 2016, and Argentina and Mexico have also won gold medals in the past.
Since soccer is very unpredictable and we can see a team like Italy for not qualifying in the last World Cup in 2018 to winning the Euro 2020, everything is possible.
Soccer is going to be the first event that will start with the group stage even before the opening ceremony with the first round on June 21 for Women’s soccer and a day after for men’s soccer between Brazil and Germany.
In terms of medals, there are few favorites that people point out that could win the games. Spain and Brazil are definitely one of the teams to look out for in terms of winning a gold medal for men’s soccer, and the United States and the Netherlands for the women’s soccer team.
Track and Field
Track and field are one of the events that highlight every summer Olympic Games and it is loved by fans both for its competitiveness and simplicity. With a simple object to finish before the other contenders, it keeps everyone on the edge of the seats just like in a horse race with that few minutes of fast-paced action.
Most of the events are pretty challenging that requires speed and endurance from athletes and the ability to pace themselves while still trying to stay ahead of others.
There are different types of races from 100 meters sprint men’s and women’s races to 10,000 meters long-distance running.
Since there are many events, we will try to highlight some of the most popular. When it comes to Men’s 100 meters Trayvon Bromell from the United States and Andre De Grasse from Canada are definitely contenders for gold, whereas Shelly-Ann from Jamaica and Gabrielle Thomas from the United States for the women 200 meters.
The fact that you don’t have to wait for a long time for a point to be scored makes basketball a really exciting event to watch at the Olympic Games. Basketball events offer some of the most intense games that come down to the last seconds, and we have some interesting games like France vs the United States and Germany vs Italy.
We also have an interesting concept of basketball 3×3 where we have interesting competitions between France and Italy or Italy vs China.
The United States is without a doubt a serious contender for winning a gold medal for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. For 3v3 basketball, most people suggest that Poland is the biggest contender for gold followed by Serbia in the men’s competition.
Since we are talking about the summer Olympic Games, swimming will be one of the most popular events of the Games. With that said, it is sad to know that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be the first summer Olympics where Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympian of all time) won’t be competing.
With that said, there are still some exciting events you should watch, such as the 100m freestyle or 200m butterfly.
The prediction for the swimming events is a bit difficult without Michael Phelps, which would have been a contender for gold. With that said, we have Caeleb Dressel from the US who has impressive skills and a chance to win gold, and Cate Campbell from Australia on the 50-meter freestyle.
Gymnastics is one of the events that might look very elegant and beautiful or frightening if things go wrong. This is a sport where athletes are like a magician where precision is key for everything.
This is also one of the few Olympic sports that require a great deal of creativity and athleticism at the same time. Combine that with a skilled and perfect execution of techniques and you have the most elegant body movement you’ve ever seen.
Since we have many different categories from parallel bars to pommel horses and rings, we expect a couple of countries to shine, such as ROC, China, and Japan.
Apart from the favorites that we reviewed in this article, there are other exciting sporting events that you should watch, for example:
- Sport Climbing
- Road Cycling
And many more.
With that said, we expect an exciting couple of days that will definitely be the highlight of this summer. Now it is time to prepare for some action, make sure you are tuned in on the right broadcaster, and enjoy these games with a bit of wagering in between.
Check out the full calendar of the Tokyo Olympic Game Events:
It’s an incredibly exciting month for all sports fans!
Check out the full calendar of events that will be happening during the Tokyo Olympics:
|20-Jul||UEFA Champions League||Qualification Games|
|21-Jul||NBA Final||6th game|
|22-Jul||Olympic Games Soccer tournament||First Round. Brazil – Germany|
|25-Jul||Olympic Games Basketball Tournament||First Round games|
|26-Jul||Olympic Games Basketball 3×3|
|27-Jul||UEFA Champions League||Qualification Games|
|28-Jul||Olympic Games Basketball Tournament||2nd round games|
|29-Jul||Olympic Games Mens 100m Freestyle||Final (swimming)|
|30-Jul||Olympic Games Mens 10km||Final (Atheltics). Football Quarterfinals|
|31-Jul||Olympic Games Mens Discus Throw||Final|
|1-Aug||Olympic Games Mens 100m||Final (Atheltics)|
|2-Aug||Olympic Games Football||Semifinals|
|3-Aug||Olympic Games Basketball||Quarterfinals|
|4-Aug||UEFA Champions League||Qualification Games|
|5-Aug||Olympic Games Basketball||Semifinals|
|6-Aug||Olympic Games Soccer||Mens Bronze Medal game|
|7-Aug||Olympic Games Basketball and Football||Final Games|
|8-Aug||Olympic Games (Final day)||Last day, lots of finals. For example: Mens marathon|
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