Uzbekistan To Allow Bookmaker Ops From 2021

A presidential decree published Friday said Uzbekistan will allow bookmaker operation from 2021 to attract additional funds to further develop sports, especially football.

The order, signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, also sets a series of targets for the growth of football, including making it appealing to fans and stakeholders alike, opening children’s sports schools and adding Virtual Assistant Referee to national league matches.

Some Uzbek officials had previously spoken in favour of legalising sports betting in order to make soccer attractive and raise funds to popularise it.

A framework for Uzbek football development until 2030 was also approved by the document.