The Ministry of Education and Culture proposes that the sports activities receive EUR 141 million in state support next year.
Finnish exercise and sport are threatened by a significant reduction in state subsidies next year.
The Ministry of Education and Culture proposes that next year the sports activity would receive 141 million euros, while this year the total pot will rise to almost 160 million euros.
President of the Olympic Committee Mikko Salonen according to the sport will be cut more next year than was promised in the spring budget debate.
“It’s a very big sum and a bad setback for the promotion of exercise and sport,” the CEO of the Olympic Committee Mikko Salonen states.
“After the spring budget dispute, the reduction was supposed to be 11 million euros. So now another eight million have been cut. ”
Salonen fears that the effects will be significant if, for example, children’s exercise opportunities decline.
“Given the ongoing interest rate crisis, more money would be needed and not taken away. The effects are really far-reaching if we have a large number of people in the future who have not grown up with exercise. ”
Major the cut, just over six million euros, hits subsidies for the construction of sports facilities.
“It’s a big sum, 15 to 20 percent of the total amount of sports facility construction. In addition, other areas have been taken steadily. ”
The state significantly supports, among other things, the renovation of swimming pools and gyms. If the subsidy is permanently reduced, it will lead to an increase in the repair debt for sports facilities.
The state has financed its sports budget mainly with the income of the gaming company Veikkaus, which is in a significant decline.
The state has promised to compensate for the decline with budget funding in 2023, but not in full.
Salonen rushes Sanna Marinin (sd) the government to set up a working group, as promised, to prepare a model for how future funding for, for example, exercise and sports will be managed.
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