An Ethiopian government ministry is working to get sports betting banned in the country.


The Ministry of Women and Social Affairs has gone on record as seeking the ban, but failing that it will look for tighter controls on access to retail sites.

Sports betting has only recently been introduced in Ethiopia, but it is already under fire from factions that seek to protect youth and youth development, notably the ministry’s own Youth Personnel Development Directorate.

Its representative, Abebe Haimanot, is quoted as citing surveys conducted by the ministry that identify sports betting as posing a risk to young people.

The allegations are vigorously opposed by Vegas Sport Betting director Yonas G Alemu, who told the press: “We are legally licensed by the National Lottery and we are also obeying our social responsibilities.”