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Body builders request government to allow gyms to operate with guidelines

Former president of Sri Lanka Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation and current secretary of Ja-ela Urban Council Kapila Kumara speaking at the press conference. Lucian Pushparaj and Aravinda Wijeyamanna are also present.
Former president of Sri Lanka Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation and current secretary of Ja-ela Urban Council Kapila Kumara speaking at the press conference. Lucian Pushparaj and Aravinda Wijeyamanna are also present.

International renowned bodybuilders and Sri Lanka Bodybuilding and Fitness Sports stakes holders have requested the Government to recommend gyms in Sri Lanka with health guidance.

Speaking at the press conference held at Ragama on Thursday, former president of Sri Lanka Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation and current secretary of Ja-ela Urban Council Kapila Kumara stated that nearly 5000 gym were not operating and their owners and coaches were suffering economically due to this pandemic. He further said if government allowed them to open the gym with strict guidelines it could help them to do their business.

He further stated the Sri Lanka Fitness Federation president Aravinda Wijeyamanna gave a request letter to the President Task Force fighting against Covid19 and Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services stating 21 valid key points to recommence the gym activities in Sri Lanka.

"The Government will assess the situation and announce the progressive reopening of gym operations at an appropriate time," said Wijeyamanna.

Despite the uncertainty, many gyms are thinking ahead and setting up safe distancing protocols according to the government guidelines of their premises.

"We believe the government will adopt a more phase-like approach and gyms may be one of the last few businesses to reopen, so we are mentally prepared for that," he said.

Sri Lankan Body Builder Lucian Pushparaj who got into the Top 5 performers of 2020 Arnold Classic Amateur, Super Heavy Weight competition said, there is evidence that too much intense and heavy exercise can reduce immunity.

“But Cardio, Aerobics and Zumba were much needed exercises to maintain body weight and balance as athletes like us. Government think the word gym is only for heavy weight exercises,” said Pushparaj. “Even other countries are also considering reopening their gyms with strict guidelines. Maintaining healthy bodies avoids a person from virus infections,” he said.

Niranjan Kumara Asian gold medalist in the 70 kg also shared Pushparaj’s views and said, “I don’t own any gyms but as a bodybuilder I am responsible to stand with the industries stake holders.

I kindly request the government and health officials to take into consideration gym owners in the country.”


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