Due to higher energy prices, there is a risk of closing down sports grounds, warns ČUS

Updates: 12.01.2022 14:34

Prague – A significant increase in energy prices may force sports associations to close sports venues. The Czech Sports Union (ČUS), which discussed this issue at Tuesday’s executive committee meeting, warns against this. He plans to address the situation with the National Sports Agency (NSA) and the government. The problems of the associations were often caused by the fact that they had to choose the cheapest supplier, which has often gone bankrupt recently.

“Associations with larger sports venues, with higher consumption, which use subsidies from public sources to pay for energy, must compete with energy suppliers and cannot choose a reliable one, they must have the cheapest one. they are going bankrupt right now, “said ČUS chairman Miroslav Jansta.

Jaroslav Chvalný, chairman of the Prague Sports Union, presented his experience in the field at the executive committee. “The situation in the sports environment is becoming critical. Owners and operators of sports venues do not have the means to pay for energy. and clubs and aid unions, “CUS quoted his words in a press release.

Coronavirus restrictions continue to affect sports clubs. There are not many options for dealing with rising energy prices. “They can introduce savings, ie reduce the operation of sports venues, increase membership fees or fees for the use of sports venues and ask for higher support from public sources, ie from the budgets of municipalities, cities, regions, the state,” Jansta said.

ČUS handles the management of its sports centers – the center in Nymburk, the swimming area in Podolí and the Zadov ski area. Their attendance is limited by ongoing restrictions due to coronavirus, plus extreme energy costs. ČUS is not clear about state aid for this year, because the state operates in a temporary position and the NSA is waiting for the announcement of subsidy programs for the approval of the state budget. So far, it has only supported winter sports, including the participation of the Czech team in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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