Olympics 2016 Preview

It has been a long time coming, but finally, on 5th August 2016, the opening ceremony for the next instalment of the world's greatest sporting extravaganza takes place in Brazil. Officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the Olympics 2016 will showcase over 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), with Kosovo and South Sudan set to participate for the first time.

The opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium will certainly be a spectacular, also including the customary welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and parade of athletes, but there's so much more for sports betting aficionados to look forward to at Rio 2016.

Where's It All Happening?

The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro was announced as the host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in 2009. Since then, progress has continued apace to ensure the readiness of the local infrastructure for the arrival of the biggest and most prestigious sporting competition on the globe.

The sporting festivities themselves will take place at a combination of existing, new and temporary venues, ranging from the Maracana Stadium and Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium to the Olympic Whitewater Stadium and Olympic Tennis Center. With various venues outside Rio, including in the likes of Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Manaus also set to host events, the Olympics 2016 promises to be a celebration of Brazilian sporting culture and the global Olympic spirit.

Who'll Run... And Who'll Win?

There will be no shortage of familiar sporting faces to watch at Rio 2016, including the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt and the fastest man in water, Michael Phelps. We'll also see plenty of favourites from our own shores, of course, ranging from Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah to Katarina Johnson-Thompson and newly crowned Tour de France champion Chris Froome.

Beyond that, though, are the slightly lesser-known (at least here in Blighty) candidates for glory on whom you may fancy a flutter. Will Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba further cement her status as one of the greatest indoor middle-distance runners of all time? Could 19-year old American Katie Ledecky confirm that she really is the Phelps of women's swimming? Or might the South African track and field sprinter Wayde van Niekerk continue his recent astonishing progress?

Have A Flutter On Olympics Glory This Summer

Whether you are an ardent athletics fan who already has a long list of potential bets lined up as Rio 2016 looms, or you are completely new to betting on the Olympics or even on sport in general, we'll guide you every step of the way this summer here at Top 10 Sports Betting Sites.

You couldn't hope to find a group of more committed and passionate Olympics followers than ourselves, but much more importantly than that, we have also carefully reviewed and rated the top online bookmakers to ensure that you place only the right Rio 2016 bets, on the right sites.

Revel in the festivities of the Olympics 2016 with a little help from Top 10 Sports Betting Sites!

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