VGCCC prohibits wagering on underage athletes
The VGCCC has recently published an order banning operators from offering bets on minor athletes in the Australian state of Victoria.
The new prohibition was recently introduced because of the regulatory authority’s concerns for betting integrity and the safety of minors, with the VGCCC mentioning the susceptibility of under-18s to various integrity challenges as one of the main drivers of the new decision.
VGCCC has contacted all major local wagering providers and sports governing organizations to inform them of the change. The ban will include all types of wagering on matches where all players are under the age of 18 or that are designated for athletes under the age of 19. Additionally, the regulator’s decision also prohibits placing bets on minors or outcomes relating to them if they are playing predominantly with adults, however, in these instances betting on entire teams will be allowed.
The regulatory authority will be enforcing the new law on both sports organizations that are approved by it to facilitate wagering on their sports and by those that have not been approved. The ban will officially go into effect in about two months, following which operators and sports governing bodies not complying with the prohibition will be faced with penalties.