The latest odds on Russia to win the Summer Olympics 2020 are out. Athletes from one of the most successful countries at the Olympics will represent Russian Olympic Committee, also known as ROC. What are their chances to win the most medals this year?
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are about to start soon in Tokyo, Japan. The event was supposed to take place last year but was rescheduled for summer 2021. The opening ceremony will be held on July 23, while the closing ceremony – on August 8. As of June, 189 National Olympic Committees have confirmed their participation including the Refugee Olympic Team (independent participants) and Russian Olympic Committee. According to online sportsbooks in Russia, its athletes have good chances of winning gold, silver, and bronze medals this year.
Russian athletes will compete as ROC at the 2020 Olympic Games
This year, Russian athletes will not compete in the Olympics under their flag. They will be entered by and represent the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). In other words, athletes from Russia will use the “ROC” abbreviation whenever they are competing at the 2020 Summer Olympics to exclude the word “Russia”.
Such a decision is the result of WADA sanctions against Russia that was banned from all international sports competitions for four years in 2019. The World Anti-Doping Agency found Russia guilty of manipulating the data to protect its athletes who used doping. This is not the first time when Russia will not compete under its anthem and flag. Previously, the country used the “OAR” abbreviation aka Olympic Athletes from Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Odds on Russia to win the Summer Olympics medals
Despite all the sanctions, Russian athletes have quite good chances of winning medals, according to online gambling sites in Russia. Some bookmakers predict Russia to win the Summer Olympics 2021 with the most medals and surpass the main favorites (the US, China, and the UK). However, most sportsbooks agree that the country’s sports stars will not win in total but take first, second, and third places in some disciplines. In total, the number of disciplines Russian will participate in is thirty. Let’s see which ones Russians can dominate in this year.
- Wrestling. Russia is the most successful in wrestling at the Summer Olympics with 56 medals (31 gold).
- Gymnastics. With twenty two gold medals, 21 silver and 21 bronze medals, gymnasts bring Russia’s best result at the Games ever.
- Athletics. Russian athletes have won sixty medals throughout the years and are predicted to add some in 2021.
- Boxing. Odds on Russia to win the Summer Olympics in boxing are quite high as the country has won 30 medals in this discipline.
- Swimming, tennis, water polo. Although Russia has had a modest success in these disciplines, this year can change everything.
Furthermore, ROC has good chances to finish third by the total number of medals by the bookies’ predictions. Following the US and China, Russian athletes have third-best odds to improve their Olympic results by winning the most gold, silver, and bronze medals. You can bet on Russia’s achievements at this year’s Olympic Games at 1xBet Sportsbook.