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City council deputy says Olympic Centre in Ventspils has long since gone bankrupt

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough the Olympic Centre in Ventspils is on a brink of bankruptcy, there are plans for a new construction project – a new and large pool, says Ventspils City Council deputy Aivis Landmanis.

«Olympic Centre in Ventspils works inefficiently. The centre had basically gone bankrupt long ago. The approach itself – diverting sports financing to cover construction costs – is wasteful and degrading for the whole industry,» the deputy told Ventspilnieks.lv portal.

He believes it is no surprise Ventspils City Council, Olympic Centre Ventspils and sport representatives have joined forces against Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska, who has taken to critically reassessing financing.

«Without considerable assistance from the municipality and the state, Olympic Centre Ventspils would not be able to cover even half of the maintenance costs of its infrastructure,» says Landmanis, adding that no less than EUR 2 million from the finances allocated for sports are spent on utilities and coverage of costs of other municipal structures. With all that, Olympic Centre Ventspils’ losses reach around one million euros.

«The state and municipality should support sports, not cover the costs of unreasonably built and wastefully managed sport objects,» says the deputy, adding that as a result of this policy Olympic Centre Ventpils in not interested in efficient management of its infrastructure and the sports sector is kept in a state of intentional famine.

Landmanis says the ‘real owner’ would divert money from Olympic Centre Ventspils to help develop sports objects in a way to allow sports to pick which infrastructure services to purchase and from whom.

It should be said the development and promotion of sports in Ventspils is coordinated by vice-chairman of Ventspils City Council for cooperation affairs Guntis Blumbergs. Maintenance of sports objects is ensured by Olympic Centre Ventspils, which is owned by Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Olympic Committee with Aldonis Vrubļevskis at the helm. Development of sports is performed by Ventspils City Council Sports Department and Education Department’s SPARS school.

Ventspils City Council chairman Aivars Lembergs, Ventspils City Council vice-chairman for infrastructure affairs Jānis Vītoliņš, Ventspils City Council vice-chairman for cooperation affairs Blumbergs and Ventspils City Council vice-chairman Didzis Ošenieks are the city council’s delegated board members in Ventspils Freeport authority. They provide Ventspils Freeport’s multi-million support for Ventspils Football Club and Ventspils Basketball Club.

Lembergs is also a member of Latvia’s Olympic Committee’s executive committee and president of Ventspils Basketball Club. Vītoliņš is a member of Ventspils Basketball Club council, Blumbergs is its vice-president. From 2012 to 2018 he was also the president of Ventspils Football Club.

«Only these people know how much money is provided to Ventspils sports and how this money is used, because the attempts of opposition of Ventspils City Council to be kept informed of the goings on in this sector have been fruitless by these men,» says Landmanis.

The deputy believes there is information that makes him question the efficient use of the money provided to sports in Ventspils. It is possible that by doing so, Ventspils City Council administration attempts to prevent society from finding out about the misuse of funds in the municipality, says Landmanis.


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