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More sports facilities to be built in the suburbs

MORE public sports facilities will be built in Shanghai to meet growing demand, city officials said yesterday.

The Shanghai Sports Bureau said it will build 50 swimming pools in suburban areas in the next five years, some of which can be converted into basketball or tennis courts in the winter, according to the blueprint of the city's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

"Local people are not very fit," said Li Yuyi, director of the Shanghai Sports Bureau.

A recent nationwide survey showed children in Shanghai ranked lower than average in terms of physical fitness.

After children, office workers are believed to be the least physically active in the city.

About 80 percent of sports facilities in middle and primary schools have already been opened to the public. The number will rise to 85 percent by 2015, according to the city's five-year plan.

However, with summer getting closer, many residents said it's hard to find swimming pools and complained ticket prices vary greatly depending on location.

Following complaints, the bureau checked admission costs at 500 swimming pools. They found most swimming pools charge 20 yuan (US$3) to 30 yuan per hour.


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