People to enjoy more cultural and sporting facilities

THE people are expected to enjoy more sporting and entertainment facilities in the near future following the launch of a new national regulation.  

KEEPING FIT: Residents playing table tennis at a Beijing park on Monday. Exercise and sports equipment have been set up in parks across the city. -- APpic

Due to take effect on Aug 1, the Guidelines on Public Cultural and Sports Equipment Management – released recently by China's Cabinet – requires governments at all levels to earmark funds from annual budgets to build and upgrade local sporting and cultural entertainment facilities.  

Public sporting and cultural entertainment buildings including gymnasiums, stadiums, young people's activity centres, workers' cultural halls, libraries and museums should be open to everybody.  

The central government will also earmark an allowance to build more sporting and cultural entertainment facilities.  

Enterprises and organisations are encouraged to build public sporting and cultural facilities and organise public sporting and cultural events.  

The government will spend more on building sporting and cultural entertainment facilities in poorer western regions, remote and poverty-stricken areas and the countryside for the benefit of the needy.  

Managers of the sporting and cultural entertainment facilities can charge users but should provide favourable fares to the disabled, elderly and students, the regulation says. – China Daily  

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