China’s sports administration to build more sports venues for public use
The “Big Heart Plan” Photo: Courtesy of Xizang Sports Bureau
China’s General Administration of Sport (GAS) plans to strengthen the development of the country’s sports industry, pledging to launch or rebuild more than 1,000 sports venues across the country during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), so that more people in the country could participate in sports activities.
Qiu Ru, a GAS official, said at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on Wednesday that China has invested more than 13.5 billion yuan ($2.12 billion). dollars) in the construction of sports facilities.
At the end of 2020, the number of national sports venues increased by 89.7% compared to 2017 levels, and the total surface area of sports venues in the country increased by 33.4% during the three-year period. years.
In addition to increasing the number of sports venues, the GAC has allocated nearly 4.7 billion yuan for the renovation of more than 1,000 sports facilities to support free or low-cost public access. The facilities have benefited up to 200 million people every year, Qiu said.
The GAC plans to focus the allocation of funds on sports infrastructure that directly benefits the general public. In addition, GAC also plans to cooperate with schools and open their sports facilities to the public.