Betting On The 2020 Summer Olympics
Anyone that loves to bet on sports should have a field day in 2020, or maybe that should be a track and field day with the 2020 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo between July 24 – August 9.
Tokyo first held the Summer Olympics in 1956, when the skyline of the Japanese capital changed dramatically with new buildings and stadiums erected for the games. 64-years later, there will be a mix of old and new arenas for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
The 2020 Summer Olympic games will also reflect the world’s changing attitudes towards equality and diversity. There will be 18 open or mixed events this year where men and women will compete as equals, as well as 156 events for women, and 165 for men. New events such as surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding, baseball/softball, and karate have also been added to the program. That means there will be plenty of new betting angles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, which means more punting opportunities to explore and, hopefully, exploit.
As punters, we should completely embrace the ethos that every athlete competing at the Summer Olympics will be striving to achieve their best. That’s not always the case with some sporting events, where players or athletes may not have peaked with bigger targets ahead.
That means the cream normally rises to the top in many Olympic events, so betting on athletes that have learned to peak for the big occasion rather than those that may have shown the best form throughout the season can be a way to make a profit betting at the Summer Olympics. The old adage, class is permanent and form is temporary, often rings true at the Summer Olympics.
What Sports Can You Bet on at the 2020 Summer Olympics?
There are 33 different sports categories at the 2020 Summer Olympics, but many different disciplines fall under some of the headings.
The 33 sports that will feature at the 2020 Summer Olympics are aquatics (swimming), archery, athletics, badminton, baseball/softball, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling.
Football Betting at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Football at the 2020 Summer Olympics may have to play second fiddle to Euro 2020 but it will offer plenty of football betting opportunities. You’ll be able to bet on individual matches for which bookmakers will be offering a wide range of betting markets similar to those for English Premier League games. You’ll be able to bet on which team wins, the correct score, which players score, and much more.
Football at the 2020 Olympics will also feature group betting, with the winners progressing to the knockout stages, so you will be able to bet on group winners at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
But what most punters will be trying to do is pick the winner of the men’s 2020 Summer Olympic football tournament. If recent Summer Olympics are anything to go by, the winner is most likely to come from South America, with Argentina and Brazil winning three of the last four Olympic football tournaments between them.
The growing popularity of women’s football and the success of the 2016 women’s Olympic football tournament means many punters will also be betting on the 2020 Summer Olympic women’s football tournament. Germany will be hoping to defend the gold medal they won in 2016 but the USA are likely to top the women’s international football rankings when the tournament begins.
Golf Betting at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Golf was part of the 1900 and 1904 Olympics but wasn’t part of the Olympics again until 2016 in Rio. At this stage, it’s impossible to know which professional golfers will represent their respective countries at the 2020 Summer Olympics but, if the 2016 Olympic golf tournament is anything to go by, we can expect the cream to rise to the top.
Former US Open winner Justin Rose claimed the golfing Olympic gold medal for Great Britain, with former Open Champion Henrik Stenson bagging the silver for Sweden, whilst Matt Kuchar took the bronze for the USA. That suggests the 2020 Summer Olympic golf gold medal should fall to one of the stars of the professional game… and a certain Tiger Woods has voiced his desire to represent the USA in Tokyo.
The medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic women’s golf tournament were also won by some of the stars of the LPGA. Inbee Park took gold for South Korea, with Lydia Ko winning silver for New Zealand, and Shanshan Feng winning bronze for China.
Those three remain in the top-25 in the world but the women’s game has some new names that look sure to contend in Tokyo. Ko Jin-young won two majors in 2019, whilst Lee Jeong-eun and Hannah Green won once each. But the local crowd look sure to be cheering on Hinako Shibuno after the Japanese star won the 2019 British Open Championship.
As many leading professionals will compete in the 2020 Summer Olympic golf tournaments, the bookies look sure to offer many betting markets similar to the ones offered for PGA Tour, European Tour, and LPGA Tour events. These will include outright winner markets, each-way betting, first round leader, three-ball betting, and much more.
Tennis Betting at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Tennis has been a regular event at the Summer Olympics since 1984 and may of the top professionals have been keen to add a tennis Olympic gold medal to their list of achievements.
The likes of Andre Agassi, Rafa Nadal, and Andy Murray (twice) have all won gold medals in the Summer Olympics men’s singles tournament, whilst both Serena Williams and Venetia Williams have claimed gold in the Summer Olympics women’s singles tournament.
However, perhaps the most motivated players to win tennis golds in Tokyo will be the Japanese tennis players Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka.
With plenty of big tennis stars certain to be on show, the bookies will be keen to offer lots of betting on the 2020 Summer Olympics. That includes outright tournament winner betting, match betting, score betting, set betting, and much more.
Table Tennis Betting at the 2020 Summer Olympics
Table tennis may not be top of everyone’s list of sports to bet on at the 2020 Summer Olympics but it’s one of the fastest sports on the planet and is still growing in popularity in Japan.
China have dominated Olympic table tennis by winning 53 of the 100 Olympic table tennis medals. But Japan made a bold show at the 2016 Olympics in Rio where Jun Mizutani took bronze in the men’s singles, whilst they won silver in the men’s team event and bronze in the women’s team event.
Japan’s big hopes to win table tennis medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are Harimoto Tomokazu and Ito Mima. That means there should be lots of table tennis betting at the Summer Olympics, including outright tournament winners and match betting.
Swimming Betting at the 2020 Summer Olympics
There are well over 40 different swimming events to bet on at the Summer Olympics, and it’s a sport that the USA and Australia tend to dominate. But Japan have also produced a few swimming Olympic gold medal winners over the years.
Great Britain have also nurtured their fair share of winners and Adam Peaty will be the banker for many punters in the 100-metres men’s breaststroke. Peaty claimed gold in Rio in 2016 and has won gold medals at the world championship and commonwealth games since. He also knows how to peak for the big events, setting a new world record in Rio. So, don’t bet against him beating his own world record again in Tokyo.
Athletics Betting at the 2020 Summer Olympics
There are some great athletic races to bet on at the Summer Olympics, and working out who is going to win is like trying to work out the winner of a horse race.
Sometimes the best athletes win, but factors such as pace of the races can be a factor just like in horse racing. Races at the Olympics don’t contain pace makers like many of the races at regular athletics meetings, so there is more chance that a tactically astute runner could upset a hotpot.
Having said that, the less bends there are to run around the lesser chance of an upset. That’s why the 100-metres races are often the best place to bet on a short-priced favourite at the Summer Olympics.
But there are lots of other popular athletics races at the Summer Olympics to bet on including the 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1,500 metres, 5,000 metres, 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres, and the marathon.
But athletics isn’t all about running and you can also try your luck at picking a winner of the many field events such as the javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, or even the pole vault. The bookies will of offering lots of chances to bet on athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Plenty of Betting to Look Forward To at the 2020 Summer Olympics
As you can see, there’s some great betting events to looks forward to at the 2020 Summer Olympics and we’ll be taking a look at the biggest and best of them in more detail as Tokyo 2020 approaches.