Slovakia is threatened with the collapse of sports due to energy prices, the government should not forget about it when preparing measures. The President of the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee (SOŠV) Anton Siekel therefore addressed a letter to the Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽANO) with a request for help to the operators of the sports infrastructure in solving the problems of high energy prices.
Sport is entering a critical situation
SOŠV pointed out that the coming winter will not be easy for Slovak sports. Sport is in a critical situation due to high energy prices, some sports infrastructure facilities are already closed, others are threatened with a similar scenario. SOŠV draws attention to possible problems. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the President of SOŠV appeals that sports should not be forgotten when planning measures to prevent the energy crisis and that the state administration should include sports infrastructure operators in the upcoming support system.
What did he ask Heger for?
Siekel asked the Prime Minister “that, within the framework of measures to prevent the energy crisis, when preparing compensation programs or capping energy prices, the operators of sports facilities from the ranks of legal entities should also be considered – entrepreneurs, civil associations, cities and municipalities, and that the great social importance of the functioning of sports facilities should be taken into account facilities.”
He also pointed out that in some sports facilities, their owners have already suspended operations and closed them due to several times increased energy prices.
It is not realistic for them to raise prices
“The full reflection of increased energy prices into the price of rents and entrance fees for sports entities, citizens and families with children is not realistic in our economic conditions. Already in the previous more than two years, sports activities and the operation of sports facilities were significantly negatively affected by the anti-pandemic measures, which were among the strictest in Europe. The announced increases in energy prices can have a very negative or liquidating impact on both competitive and non-competitive sports activities,” pointed out Siekel.
According to SOŠV, the state should not underestimate the threatening situation and should start taking action, SOŠV also points to employment. The closure of sports facilities will also affect the employment of hundreds of people. “Currently, after almost three very difficult years, there is a threat of sports infrastructure being closed again and sports in Slovakia collapsing. This would have noticeable and very dramatic consequences for the health, education, socialization and social development of both children and adults,” it is written in the letter.
Siekel reminds that sports facilities, despite the fact that they serve public-beneficial purposes, are not exempt from paying real estate taxes, nor do they have them reduced by law.
“It represents a high burden for their owners and operators. It is understandable that a sports ground cannot produce a profit like, for example, a production operation or an office rental, but the conditions for doing business are almost the same.” added Siekel in conclusion.
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