BETTING ETHIOPIA Ethiopia Youth Ministry seeks to ban sports betting 7 months ago Samuel Post Views: 249 Ethiopia’s state broadcaster reported that Abebe Haymanot, a representative of the Ministry focused on ‘Youth Development’ had notified “that work was underway to get sports betting banned”. Haymanot claimed that the Ministry carried the support of “various movements and discussion platforms” that seek to stop the “degradation of sports”. The Ministry outlined that it had conducted a series of surveys that highlighted the threat sports betting posed to Ethiopia’s youth, including “reducing productivity and causing psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and suicide”. At the start of year the Ministry had led calls for the government to impose a ban on sports betting. They were ultimately thwarted by local betting operators who argued that “betting is not gambling”. Supporting an outright ban, the Ministry pointed to its investigation into betting shops that had flouted age restriction rules, citing that “students donning their school uniform have been spotted in betting dens”. “The Ministry has suggested that the addition of procedural rules be enacted or betting be banned outright.” Despite enforcing new rules on licensing and tax in 2020, the Ministry claimed that gambling regulator National Lottery Administration (NLA) did not have the resources to police Ethiopia’s betting shops. Legislative changes in 2020, saw the NLA ordered to separate sports betting from lottery licensing, as betting firms were ordered to secure individual licences. The NLA responded to criticism of its inaction, stating that it had achieved its policy objectives of licensing Ethiopian bookmakers and ensuring that operators pay a 15% tax on monthly winnings and a 0.5% contribution allocated towards social welfare contributions. Source: sbcnews.co.uk About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: ban, Ethiopia, sports betting Continue Reading Previous Pragmatic Play develops African profileNext The Future of Sports Betting in Nigeria More Stories BETTING GHANA Why Ghana Must Widen the Distance Between Sports Betting and Education Centres 3 days ago Szarlot BETTING WORLD NEWS 1xBet Statement: Curaçao License is Valid and Fully Operational 3 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING GHANA How to bet on sports responsibly? 3 days ago Szarlot BETTING UGANDA Up To 20 Arsenal Fans Arrested Over Trophy Parade In Uganda 4 days ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA 13 players win over N160m via BetKing’s ACCA 4 days ago Szarlot BETTING GHANA GFA urged to ban sports betting in Ghana Premier League 5 days ago Samuel BETTING HOT NEWS WORLD NEWS 1XBet declares bankruptcy 6 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA Bangbet Review: Everything You Need to Know 6 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Which way for betting tax as bill up for debate? 6 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Protected: Kenya: How Betway and SportyBet evaded billions in taxes 7 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Altenar details global expansion plans 7 days ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA Top eight apps for sports betting in Nigeria 7 days ago Samuel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.