Bhubaneswar, May 23: The All Odisha Gym Owners’ Association has appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for reopening of gymnasium as best physical care activities to combat coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and requested to pay adequate compensation.
In letters to the Prime Minister and the Odisha’s Chief Minister, the association said that the gym plays the role of a hospital, where many patients are attending the centres on the advice of doctors to improve their physical health, immune system and locomotion.
The central government now allowed sports activities without opening gym which may consider as a two side of a coin as it’s interrelated. A sportsperson first make his physical fitness to be proper before he/she starts their daily routine, the association added.
Closure of the gyms may discourage the sports lovers and adversely affect the participation for competition, said association president Dr Satyajit Dash.
On the other hand, the decision of closing the gyms more than two months now also adversely affect the financial health to a greater extent as the gym owners have invested a considerable amount in procuring equipments of international standards and rent for the building including the payments of salaries to the trainers and other supporting staffs, Dr Dash added.
The association also demanded adequate compensation for the closure of gyms to meet the financial loss as the gym business is not been added in the list of beneficiaries which announced by Government of India for which they are unable to take any loan from bank.