The University of Economists in Groningen expects it to be the most successful Olympic Games for the Netherlands ever

Henk Grohl, a former resident of Veendam, is one of the nominees for the Dutch medal. Photo: ANP

The Olympic Games in Tokyo will be the most successful for the Netherlands ever. This is what economists Fabian Ten Kit and Elmer Sternkin of the University of Groningen (RUG) predict.

According to RUG economists, the Dutch team won 12 golds (the same as in Sydney in 2000), 11 silver and 11 bronze medals in Tokyo. This would put the Netherlands in sixth place in the country’s ranking, achieving the top ten goal of the NOC*NSF.

Average World Cup success

Ten Kate and Sterken do not own a crystal ball, but they use a standard economic model. They base their predictions on the average success of Dutch athletes during the most recent world championships in all 339 events that will take place. They also include the potential home advantage for athletes.

According to the United States, China, and its mother country, Japan

Ten Kate and Sterken’s predictions

Medals ranking. The top ten also includes Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and South Korea.

The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8.

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