The 200 Mobile Fitness Centres proposed by Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has been opposed by Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Chief of the Presidential Task Force for Economic Revival.
The Mobile Fitness Centres are planned to be set up in 200 container boxes and the project is set to be carried out by a businessman named Darren Weerasinghe. A sum of Rs. 1 million has been estimated per gym, and he is preparing to obtain a loan from People's Bank in this regard. His profit per gym unit is Rs. 350,000, according to industry sources.
However, Basil Rajapaksa has reportedly intervened in the matter and pointed out that this project could be a fatal blow on businessmen who are already running fitness centres with much difficulty amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They will be thrown into more difficulties, are these fitness centres to be established, he pointed out.
Accordingly, the Chief of the Presidential Task Force for Economic Revival emphasised in a practical sense that despite the goodwill of the mobile gym concept introduced by Mr. Namal Rajapaksa, the businesses of small and medium scale enterprisers should be brought up instead of further drowning them, sources said.