Sports betting has become a phenomenon throughout Africa. In Kenya, sports betting is massively popular among millennials that it quickly grew into a multi-million-dollar empire. However, 2020 had different plans when the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) occurred.
As of recently, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has surged past 8.5 million. By rapidly spread around the world, the pandemic poseddilemmas beyond health crisis and mortality rate concerns.
Many countries declared restrictive measures, such as social and physical distancing, as well as lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. In turn, it caused enormous health, economic, environmental, and social challenges to the entire human population.
People who are living in this period of transition struggle to follow this rapid change. Workers are either forced to adjust working from home or lose their jobs. The usual trips to the grocery shop that used to be simple became like an adventure. Young people who used to spend time on social events have to stay at home. Even the sports landscape has consequently altered.
Most sporting events have been put on temporary suspension or canceled entirely to safeguard the health of the athletes and others involved. While some are cautiously eyeing a return, travel restrictions make it nearly impossible to resume national and international meets.
Sports betting was also one of the first industries to feel the impact of the pandemic. While Africa was fortunate enough to avoid the direct effects of the pandemic, the postponement of the various sports events around the world led to a severe lack of live games to bet on.The shutdown of sports betting in Kenya is an exceptionally massive loss for the country since it’s a huge industry.
Still, sports bettors shouldn’t consider ending their betting careers because of coronavirus. Chezacash shows alternatives that can help sports bettors adjust during this unfamiliar situation in this infographic.