Stakeholders from the training centers urge the Karnataka government to allow the sports facilities to resume their activities.

If tipplers can have a picnic, why can't they play sports? This is the question sports training centers ask the state government while looking at an uncertain future after closing.

Fearful and anxious, the training centers, which serve more than a million clientele in the city, feel that it is time for the government to allow them to go back to work. the coronavirus The pandemic, which forced them to close stores on March 15, has already ruined some of them, while others are struggling to make ends meet.

Wages, land and property rental, maintenance, EMIs on the considerable investment made in infrastructure have made a deep hole in the pockets of the centers. With a large portion of their income coming from the summer holidays, these centers have nothing to look forward to in the latter part of the year.

" Karnataka has around 1,500 sports training centres, with Bengaluru alone accounting for around 650-700. Contrary to the popular notion that we back recreational sports , the centres are primarily used to promote health, fitness and train elite athletes. It is difficult to understand how the government can ignore our claims," sources told TOI.

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thecentershaveonlyechoedwhateliteathletesacrossthecountryhavedemandedinrecentdays:anopportunitytorestarttraining.buthisfearshavebeendoubledwithreportscirculatingthattheresumptionofactivitiesmaybepostponeduntilaugust,whenschoolsanduniversitiesarelikelytoreopen.whatpuzzledthemevenmorewastheliquorsalethatstartedonmondaywithlittlecontroloverthecrowds.

wewereabletounderstandthepressurethegovernmentwasunderintheearlydays.buttheimagesoflonglinesofliquorandtotaldisregardfortherulesofsocialdistancingatthesepointsofsaleinrecentdaysmadeuswonderwhyourappealsareignored.peoplebetween10and35-40yearsold.wearepromotingahealthypracticewiththepromisethatallhealthstandardswillbefollowed.whyarewenotallowedtoopenourcenters?

theownersofthesecenters,numberingaround160,plantomakearepresentationwiththegovernmentsoon.

explainingthelosssufferedinthelasttwomonths,thesourcessaid:"trainingcentresspecialiseinoneormultiplesports,themostpopularamongthembeingbadminton,swimming,football,cricket,tennis,squash,shooting,golfandcuesports.themoneyearnedfromourclientsvariesfromrs5,000toaroundrs20,000perdaydependingonthefacilitiesthattheyuse.thisisouronlysourceofincomeandthathasbeenwipedoutsincemarch."

thecenters'monthlyincomesarearoundrs25million,thesourcessaid,adding:at18percent,wepayaroundrs4.5millionasgsttothegovernment.withaminimumof20-25peopleworkingateachcenter,fromsecurityguardstocoaches,oursisanindustrythatemploysaround30,000-35,000peoplewithsalariesrangingfromrs8,000tors40,000.theirlivelihoodhasbeenseriouslyaffected.

thecentressaidtheyhavemethodsalreadyinplacetoensurethathealthnormsareadheredto.playo,thesportscommunityappwhichisinvolvedinstreamliningthecentres'dailytrainingandpracticeschedules,saiditcanregulateitfurthertoensurethenumberofplayersateachcentreiscutinproportiontothefacilitiesavailable.

witharegistereduserbaseofaround1.5million,wecanhelpstreamlinehoursandeducateusersontheprecautionsthatneedtobetakentomakeitasafeenvironmenttoplay.forexample,one-hourreservescanbereducedto50minutesforcourtcleaninganddisinfectionfactor,saidaplayoofficial.

trainingcentersalsohavesocialdistanceplansforbadminton,wheregameswillbeplayedonalternativecourts; soccer fields, where players will necessarily wear masks and gloves, and swimming pools, among others. Hand sanitizers at every entrance and exit, no-touch policy, minimal use of the change room and cafeteria are some of the other measures they plan to implement once they get the go-ahead from the government.

GAME OF NUMBERS



SPORTS TRAINING CENTERS IN KARNATAKA: 1500

PEOPLE EMPLOYED: 35,000

SALARY RANGE: Rs 8,000 upwards

MONTHLY INCOME: Rs. Rs 25 million

GST TO GOVERNMENT: Rs. Rs 4.5 million

(All figures are approximate)

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