The scene of the briefing. Photo by Xing Chong
China News Service, Beijing, October 10 (Reporter Xing Chong) Recently, the State Council issued the "Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of National Fitness Facilities and Developing Mass Sports", which stipulates that the construction of large gymnasiums must be strictly approved, rationally distributed, and strengthened Evaluation and supervision of the open use of venues. Li Jianming, deputy director of the State Sports General Administration, stated in Beijing on the 10th that he does not advocate building large stadiums that are "tall and big" and increases stadium construction and operating costs.
On the same day, the State Council Information Office held a regular briefing on State Council policies. Li Jianming said at the meeting that with the economic and social development, as well as the development of the competition performance industry, fitness and entertainment industry, some cities need to build a certain scale of public stadiums to meet such new needs in the process of improving urban functions. The construction investment of stadiums is large, the operating cost is high, and the post-match utilization is relatively insufficient.
"In order to solve this problem, we must strictly control the construction of large-scale stadiums and the planning and approval issues. We do not advocate building large-scale stadiums that increase stadium construction and operating costs." Li Jianming said.
Li Jianming also emphasized that a variety of ways are needed to improve the utilization of venues after the game. "For example, entrust specialized agencies to operate and strengthen support for the opening of large stadiums. Now the central government arranges a certain amount of funds to subsidize the opening of large stadiums to the society for free and low fees each year."
In addition, he also said that local governments are also encouraged to promote the opening of small and medium-sized public stadiums to the public in accordance with local conditions, so that the stadiums can better serve the national fitness and the development of mass sports. (Finish)