Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 April / corr. Trend I. Alizade/ Multi-storied buildings built in Azerbaijan should be replaced with the sport infrastructure facilities. "If the sport in Azerbaijan does not develop and it does not have a mass character, these problems can not be solved," said Hadi Rajabli, the head of the standing parliament committee on social policy during the discussions in Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani parliament) on Children's Sport.
The officials from the government, international organizations and NGOs took part in the discussions over the Bill developed by standing parliament committee on social policy.
The chairman of the committee said that the Bill aims at giving mass character to the children's sport and physical training, development in this area, regulation of cooperation between government structures, improving social security of trainer in children's sport and consolidating material and technical basis of sport schools. "Earlier, the housing estates were usually accompanied with sport facilities. But now, new housing estates are not accompanied with these facilities, on the contrary the facilities that were constructed earlier are being destroyed," Rajabli said.
The vice speaker of Azerbaijani parliament Bahar Muradova said that big steps have been made in Azerbaijan in sport. " Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the health of its citizens and youth, and involving them to the sport as well. This issue must be regulated by the law," she said.
Muradova said that Milli Majlis has passed a Bill on Physical Training and Sport. According to her, in spite of the taken measures, not all the children can engage in sport because not all the sport facilities meet modern standards. "Material and technical basis of facilities should be strengthened, their budget should be determined and staff potential must be increased," she said.
Rabiyat Aslanova, the chairman of standing parliament committee on human rights believes that changes must be made to several Bills including Bill on Building Works, on Health and on Municipalities in order to address children's sport problems.