One of the most coveted and respected honors in the world will be bestowed once again next month, when the winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize is announced. Awarded on annual basis since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize was established in accordance with the will of 19th-century Swedish industrialist and noted armaments manufacturer Alfred Nobel. The winner is drawn from nominations submitted from around the world, and is awarded to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.
Among the most notable past recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize are US presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and Theodore Roosevelt, activista like Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama, and organizations like the United Nations and Medecins sans Frontieres. Leading the way this time around on the Nobel Peace Prize odds is the World Health Organization, closely followed by climate activist Greta Thunberg and imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. However, with over 300 nominees in the mix, including a large number of deserving but less known candidates, finding the best value at the sportsbooks is a challenge.
MyTopSportsbooks takes a look at all the favorites, and the best bets to claim this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Sports bettors getting in on Entertainment betting action for the first time should refer to our FAQ for tips on how to hone their betting strategies.
|2021 Nobel Peace Prize Odds|
|World Health Organization||+150|
|Black Lives Matter||+500|
|The UN Refugee Agency||+1400|
WHO Emerges as Clear Frontrunner
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage around the world, it comes as no surprise that a health-related organization sits at the top of the odds. Implicated in the global pandemic response since the pandemic was first declared in March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has emerged as a frontrunner on the Nobel Peace prize odds at BetUS, where it is pegged as a +170 favorite.
World Health Organization reports global decline in new COVID-19 cases. https://t.co/3vUgIIMd0c
— KTNV 13 Action News (@KTNV) September 22, 2021
A specialized agency of the United Nations, the WHO has aggressively worked with government and healthcare agencies around the world as part of its pandemic response, and has taken a leadership role in developing testing methodologies and working to get vaccines distributed to poorer nations around the world. However, the WHO has also been a lightning rod for criticism, facing accusations that its leadership has been undermined by Chinese political leaders. And with many parts of the world still struggling to bring the fourth wave of the pandemic under control, it is likely premature to give the Who such a prestigious award at this time. Indeed, doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers may be more deserving of this year’s award. Healthcare workers currently lead the way on the odds to be named this year’s Time Person of the Year, but since the Nobel Peace prize is typically handed out to individuals or established organizations, our medical guardian angels are unlikely to earn the win.
Greta Thunberg Once Again Nominated
Sitting a close second to the WHO is Greta Thunberg, who is pegged as a strong +500 bet. The teen activist has continued to publicly raise awareness of her concerns about the impact of climate change, often using blunt language to get her point across.
Greta Thunberg says world leaders have spoken “words that sound great but have led to no action” on climate change, dismissing their green-financing pledges as all “blah blah blah”.https://t.co/bCEetUYWEU pic.twitter.com/szgJPkzihW
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 28, 2021
Her efforts have garnered the 18-year-old Swede an array of accolades including Time Person of the Year, Swedish Woman of the Year, and the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International. But while Thunberg recently spearheaded another day of global marches against climate change, and has been among the nominees the past three years, her efforts have been limited by her return to school, and overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic.
Biden, Trump Among Politicians in the Mix
With world leaders enjoying along track record of success when seeking the Nobel Peace Prize, it is no surprise that politicians dominate further down the odds at BetUS. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacina Ardern leads all politicians as a +600 bet in the wake of he efforts to rid the island nation of COVID-19. Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel sports +1000 odds, while US President Joe Biden sits at +1200.
Brutal numbers for Biden in new High Point poll out of North Carolina:
Covid handling: 42% approve
Economy: 34% approve
Duties as Commander in Chief: 33% approve
Afghanistan: 25% approve https://t.co/fxlA9gFVnD
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 28, 2021
Biden could receive consideration in the wake of the United States’ recent withdrawal from Afghanistan. However, that military operation has failed to boost Biden’s hopes of re-election, with the 78-year-old now sitting deadlocked with former US president Donald Trump as a +350 co-favorite on the presidential election odds at BetOnline. To the surprise of some observers, Trump also remains the mix, just ahead of Kamala Harris as a +2000 bet, and ins an intriguing value option.
How Donald Trump’s Abraham Accords Are Already Paying Off https://t.co/G271rdUGfD
— El American (@ElAmerican_) September 20, 2021
Trump was overlooked throughout his presidency by the Norwegian Nobel Committee despite being the first US leader in recent memory to not start a new war. He also fell short of victory last year despite orchestrating the Abraham Accords, which have led to the normalization of relations between Israel and former enemies Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, as well as Sudan and Morocco.
Navalny the Best Bet
That leaves the best bet among the limited list of options on the odds as Alexei Navalny. A Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist, Navalny rose to international prominence while organizing demonstrations against the government of Vladimir Putin. The 45-year-old also ran against Putin in elections on an anti-corruption platform, and was once described by the Wall Street Journal as “the man Vladimir Putin fears most”.
From Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s letter from prison today:
“Do not let yourself be fooled by illusions of power and toughness. What kind of power do they have, if they need to secretly poison people and lawlessly imprison them?
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) February 4, 2021
For his efforts, Navalny has faced a courtroom on several occasions, and also survived an assassination attempt by poisoning in 2020. Since earlier this year, Navalny has been imprisoned in Russia on an array of charges related to his political activity. And in addition to being arguably the most deserving nominees, he offers the best betting value among the current options.