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Sports spots told to stay open longer

LOCALS will find it easier to work up a sweat thanks to a recently enacted regulation saying that the city's public and community sports facilities should be open to the public no fewer than 56 hours a week.

The regulation, passed by Shanghai People's Congress, takes effect tomorrow. With that, the city encourages exercise and promises to invest in better facilities.

"Still many residents complain to us that it's hard to find a place for doing exercise and fees are also expensive," said Li Yuyi, the director of Shanghai Sports Bureau, adding that such problems still exist despite efforts to build more facilities and growth in the number of sports groups among locals.

Some facilities, such as stadiums and school courts, are off-limits. There remain over 780 public locations for sports and thousands of exercise spots in local communities.


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