Tokyo Olympics 2020: Mohamed Salah Could Be Going for Gold
The football tournament at the 2020 Olympics could well be a whole lot more interesting if reports coming through this week are to be believed.
Egypt Under 23 national team coach Shawky Gharieb is keen on calling upon Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to boost his side’s chance of securing a gold medal Tokyo this summer.
The 27-year-old is arguably one of the top five best footballers in the world today and is well on the way to helping his Liverpool side to a first domestic title since 1990 and indeed the way in which he completes the season could have a big say in whether he will compete for his country.
If Liverpool secure major honors this term, picking up the Premier League and the Champions League for example, then one wonders if Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp will be happy enough to allow Salah to take part in the Olympics.
Each squad for the footballing portion of the Olympic games can include three players over the age of 23 and Salah is clearly a player Gharieb would love to call upon in Tokyo.
The tournament comes to a close on August 8th, which coincidentally is the same weekend that the 2020-21 Premier League season would kick off, offering something of a short-term headache for Klopp, who has more than enough back-up talent to offer Salah the opportunity to lead Egypt to possible glory.
When it comes to 2020 Olympics betting the main area of interest for casual punters comes in the form of betting on the gold medal table, namely predicting which nation will collect the most golds and the U.S, China and Russia tend to push hard for that honor.
The U.S has topped the list in 2016 and 2012 with China leading the way in 2008.