Since 2007, sports betting, totalisator, and all types of gambling activities, except lotteries, have been banned in Uzbekistan. This is directly related to the local mentality, as Islam is the dominant religion in the country and prohibits any gambling entertainment. After taking office in 2018, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev declared the country’s course towards a secular state. Much has already been done for this to an impressive degree (e.g. The Economist recognised Uzbekistan as the Country of the Year in 2019) as the president called on responsible persons to revive the country’s economy, including through foreign investment. This has also made it possible for the talks of allowing sports betting in the country of 33 million people to spring back to the surface.


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