'In support of sports and economic conditions'
Kurdistan Region to waive gym licensing fees
ERBIL – Fitness and bodybuilding union branches in the Kurdistan Region announced they will waive annual licensing fees for gyms in 2024, except for the necessary inspection fees.
This waiver allows gyms to renew their licenses at no cost, aiming to bolster the sports sector amid the region’s economic challenges.
“The decision is in response to the economic situation in the Kurdistan Region and is intended to support the sports sector,” the union branches of Erbil and Duhok stated. They operate as quasi-governmental entities, receiving support from the government and using a portion of the fees for sports-related activities, such as organizing championships.
Sardar Ismail, director general of sports in the Kurdistan Region, told 964media that gyms typically incur annual fees ranging from 200,000 to 400,000 Iraqi dinars for professional licenses. This exemption represents a significant financial relief for gym owners.
The Kurdistan Region is home to approximately 600 gyms. Under normal circumstances, licensing these facilities could generate annual revenues of 120 million to 240 million Iraqi dinars for the government.
Erbil boasts about 140 gyms, followed by Sulaymaniyah with 120, Duhok with 100, and 150 others dispersed across various independent administrations.