The Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) warned in a press release on Sunday that the fitness industry has been severely affected by the coronavirus restrictions, with last year’s loss of income estimated at 75%.
The GZS fitness, recreation and regeneration branch also warned about a deterioration in physical fitness.
Fitness centres received the green light to reopen almost two weeks ago. It is extremely important that access to guided recreational fitness activities is provided for as many people as possible as soon as possible, the press release notes.
“The state has done very little to help the sector,” the GZS department says, adding that the role of the industry has been overlooked. Despite assurances from the authorities that aid intended specifically for the sector would be part of legislative stimulus packages, nothing has been done so far, the press release adds.
In 2019, the sector provided recreational activities for some 100,000 users.
“It is imperative that such organised sports activities are no longer restricted in the future. Of course, provided that all protective protocols are respected,” the GZS notes, warning that a decline in physical fitness recorded in 2020 will have a long-term detrimental effect on the psychophysical condition of children and adults.
The results of a study on children’s physical fitness published by the Ljubljana Faculty of Sport last year point to the largest drop in physical efficiency among youth since the start of such survey, as well as the sharpest rise in the number of overweight children since 1987.
The GZS branch expects an alarming deterioration in physical fitness among adults as well, warning that such a crisis implies a long-term burden on healthcare and reduced productivity, which further weakens the budget. /ibna