The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic On the Betting Industry Is Worrying

Wa Youth Cries

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a disruption to the 2020 worldwide sporting calendar.

Across the world and to varying degrees, sports events have been cancelled or postponed.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo in the wake of the pandemic placed a ban on all public gathering including football games.

This comes at a time when sports betting is becoming accessible to more people in the Upper West Region

Now with the most popular in-season sports on hiatus and the most popular event for betting now gone, the impact from the coronavirus have shaken sports betting in the region. visited some of the companies in Wa. The centres were virtually empty and business was very slow.

Speaking to some people, they said they are in uncharted territory with the indefinite suspension of football.

Many people mostly the youth have turned their knowledge of sports into a money-making move but with the suspension of the game, they are left frustrated.

In an exclusive interview, some of the customers said the business has hitherto provided jobs and revenue and has also played a significant role in the socio-economic growth in the region.

They warned that the level of crime is likely to rise if the suspension is not called of.

“We are in a financial distress because our source of income has been closed. If the suspension continues, it will increase the level of crime in the region”.




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