The world’s largest gathering of elite athletes is set to go off in the summer of 2021. The Summer Olympic games will return after being postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo will serve as the host city. As for when do the Summer Olympics start and end, we’ll answer that question below and provide the latest betting odds on the smorgasbord of sporting events.
Bet on the Summer Olympics
Sportsbooks like DraftKings are expected to have free-to-play pools for the Summer Olympics, and the book already has over/under odds on total medals for Team USA. The mark is set at 109.5 (Over -134, Under -106). To bet on the Summer Olympics, click Bet Now in the DraftKings Sportsbook banner below.
When do the Summer Olympics start and end?
As for when do the Summer Olympics start, carve out some time on your calendar in late July. The Tokyo Olympics will start on Friday, July 23. The games will end on Sunday, Aug. 8.
The Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 6:55 p.m. ET. Because of the sizable time difference between the United States and Tokyo (13 hours between Tokyo and New York), NBC will also replay the Opening Ceremonies in its primetime broadcast on July 23.
What’s new in 2021?
Summer Olympics betting will be bigger than ever in 2021 as the last time the Summer games were held, 2016 in Rio, sports betting was banned in most US states. PASPA (the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) was overturned in 2018, however, and it paved the way for many US states to legalize sports betting.
There will be an abundance of betting options this summer, as there are also new events that will be held in this year’s games. They are as follows:
- Archery: Mixed team
- Athletics: Mixed 4×400 relay
- Basketball: 3 on 3
- Cycling: The Madison, BMX freesyle
- Fencing: Men’s team sabre, women’s team foil
- Judo: Mixed team
- Karate: Kumite, Kata
- Skateboarding: Park, Street
- Sport climbing
- Swimming: Men’s 800 m freestyle, women’s 1500 m freestyle, mixed 4 x 100 m medley relay
- Table tennis