Water Sports to Bet on at the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics

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Tokyo 2021 – Discovering tomorrow in joyful Japan

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad are set to showcase lovely Tokyo in glorious technicolour from the 24th to the ninth of August next year. As the first Asian city to host the global event twice, these Games will mark the return of the Summer Olympics to Tokyo for the first time since 1964. Having been selected in Buenos Aires in autumn of 2013, preparations are at an advanced stage ready to run and host 33 exciting sports.

On the water, standards will be at their highest, the backdrops will be exhileratering and competition will be thrilling but fierce. So let’s take a closer look at what lies ahead for athletes heading for a canoe, kayak, boat, yatch or surfboard.


Not many athletes have the chance to cross the finishing line backwards, but that’s certainly the case in rowing. Physically and psychologically demanding, it can make for an enthralling spectacle for spectators. At Tokyo 2021 the amazing Sea Forest Waterway within Tokyo Bay will be the venue for a week of intense rivallry beginning on Saturday 24th July and ending on Friday 31st July.

2021 Summer Olympics Rowing betting lines available on the following events:

  • Single Sculls (1x) (Men/Women)
  • Pair (2-) (Men/Women)
  • Double Sculls (2x) (Men/Women)
  • Four (4-) (Men/Women)
  • Quadruple Sculls (4x) (Men/Women)
  • Eight (8+) (Men/Women)
  • Lightweight Double Sculls (2x) (Men/Women)

Favourites with bookmakers

There’s little doubt Great Britain, New Zealand and Germany lead the way in Olympic rowing, closely followed by both Austria and the United States. Of those slowly emerging look out for South Africa and China – they are favourites with bookmakers. Germany landed gold in both the men’s and women’s quadruple sculls at Rio in 2016. Great Britain has won the men’s coxless four five times in a row since Sydney 2000. Check latest 2021 Summer Olympics Rowing odds at BetAmerica in USA, SugarHouse NJ sportsbook and William Hill in the UK. They also offer in-play betting and generous bonus promotions for the first time palyers.

Canoe Slalom And Sprint

The aim here is to navigate in the fastest time possible a decked canoe or kayak through a course made up of gates, hanging both down and upstream on river rapids. Sprinting takes in a flat course calling for great dexterity and skill. The Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre will be the first man-made course in Japan newly constructed on land adjoining the Kasai Rinkai Park. Action will take place between Sunday the 26th and Friday 31st July between 1300 and 1800 hours, while the Sea Forest Waterway will prove to be a superb venue for the sprint from Monday the third of August to Saturday the eighth, from 0930 hours to around 1300.

2021 Summer Olympics Canoe Slalom And Sprint events to bet on

Combining both slalom and sprint there are 16 events involving men and women raging from 200 up to 1000 metres in various categories. The sport was limited to the sprint originally until the slalom made it’s first appearance at Munich in 1972.

Favourites with bookmakers

Germany, Spain and Hungary topped the medal table in Rio, and no doubt will have strong contingents once more in Tokyo. They are the nations to watch out for, according to bookies odds on Canoe Slalom events during Summer Olympics 2020. Check BetAmerica sportsbook (available for onlie bets via app in New Jersey and Delaware). Unibet, William Hill and Ladbrokes also offer Canoe Slalom betting including in-play. Of the usual suspects Great Britain, Australia and Russia will be well represented. But of the 20 plus nations involved in the sport keep an eye out for Argentina, The Cook Islands, Uzbekistan and Lebanon.


Olympic sailing will return to it’s 1964 roots within the romantic but testing Enoshima Yacht Harbour. At Olympic leven the sport features various craft ranging from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards. Betting on sailing during 2021 Summer Olympics available online via apps at BetAmerica New Jersey (USA), SugarHouse NJ sportsbook and William Hill US – they all offer good odds, Live streaming and in-play wagering.

2021 Summer Olympics Sailing betting events

  • RS:X – Windsurfer (Men/Women)
  • Laser – One Person Dinghy (Men)
  • Laser Radial – One Person Dinghy (Women)
  • Finn – One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) (Men)
  • 470 – Two Person Dinghy (Men/Women)
  • 49er – Skiff (Men)
  • 49er FX – Skiff (Women)
  • Nacra 17 Foiling – Mixed Multihull

Nations to look out for, according to the sportsbooks

Great Britain has won the most gold medals in Sailing with the United States a close second overall. Norway, Spain and France are particlularly strong with New Zealand and Australia certainly making waves. Britain has was five straight medals in the one person dinghy event with Croatia fielding a gold medal-winning team at the Rio 2016 Games.

Each event is a series of races with points awarded according to position. The winner gets one point, the runner up two, and so on. The final race is called the medal race, with double points at stake. The individual or crew with the fewest total points is the eventual winner.

Each boat must pass marker buoys a certain number of times and in a predetermined order. Racing will take place between Sunday the 26th of July and Wednesday the 5th of August between 1200 and 1800 hours.


Yes it’s true – Surfing will make its début in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. following several attempts at inclusion. The IOC wants to have the best athletes, and the widest geographic representation at a place where everyone will want to hang out. California will come to Japan for sure. Four athletes will compete at any one time. The best two from each heat will go on to the next round. Each heat will run for 20 to 25 minutes, with their top two scores being used. A set of judges will determine each riders performance from wave to wave, scoring from one to 10 with two decimals. Speed, power and flow will be taken into account.

Surfing events to bet on during Summer Olympics 2021

A total of 40 competitors will take part made up of 20 men and 20 women across four days from Sunday 26th July to Wednesday 29th July between 0700 and 1620 hours with finals day scheduled from 0800 to 1300. The venue is charismatic Tsurigasaki beach in Chiba complete with world-class waves, a 40 minute train ride from Tokyo.

Hawaiian surfers are favourits with bookmakers

Japan could be dark horses and as you would expect, the United States will be well represented though Hawaiian surfers will need to be included in the American quota. They are worth considering to bet on during Summer Olympics 2021, according to the bookies odds.  Look our for 48-year-old Professional surfer Kelly Slater, considered to be the greatest surfer of all time. Potential participants also include Australia, Brazil, South Africa and France.

Water Polo

Present at every Games since 1900 this can be an all action and thrilling sport when played by the best teams in the world. From Saturday 25th of August right through to Sunday the ninth of August at various times each day, players will do battle at the iconic and spacious Tatsumi Water Polo Centre. The water polo tournaments in Tokyo will feature 22 teams -12 for men and 10 for women.

Water Polo competitions at the Summer Olympics 2021

Teams in each section are divided into two groups. You play every team in your group once. Two points are awarded for a victory, one for a draw. We then have the knockout stages featuring the quarter final, semi-final and final. If any of these games are level at the end they’ll be decided by a shoot-out.

Bookies favourits to win water polo in Tokyo 2021

Serbia lifted the Gold medal for the men of Rio in 2016  while the United States secured gold in the women’s competition. Spain, Hungary China, Italy, Germany and Greece are key players in the sport. The United States is the only team to win multiple times at the women’s tournament since its introduction at the Syndey 2000 Games. For the betting sites and their oddsmakers it is hard at the moment to predict the champion, their odds are changing constantly. Follow the news on TV to be updated about your favourite team’s form.

American legal online sportsbooks accept bets on water polo during 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. Betting goes via SugarHouse sportsbook mobile app or you can try BetAmerica. You can also redeem special 2020 Olympics welcome bonus promotions if you are a new player. Just open an account and deposit. Wagering terms apply. In the UK you can bet on water polo at Unibet, Ladbrokes, William Hill and Pinnacle.


Getting a good balance between overseas visitors and the Japanese public means tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways. The average price of all the Olympic tickets is 7,700 yen, though 50 per cent will be sold for 8,000 yen or less. There’s a special price for families, resident groups and a  school programme at 2,020 yen. Tickets will also be available for purchase through 40,000 shops in the country, and by mail order via the internet.

Overseas Visitors

Ticketing here is slightly more complicated in the fact they’ll need to be bought through a travel agent or other third party. For those intending to travel to Japan, your agent will be able to guide you.

Betting On Water sports during Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympics

As the Olympics get closer, online bookmakers start to publish information on how you can bet on the various events. Some companies have a specialist category just for Olympic sports. Bet365, Ladbrokes, BetAmerica in New Jersey and SugarHouse NJ sportsbook and odds comparison sites such as Oddsshark are just three of the big names – there lots more online.

There’s bound to be some incredible memories created on Japanese waters. If it’s excitement you seek, discovering tomorrow in Tokyo will certainly float your boat.

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Photo by Thomas Ashlock 

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