The Finnish government announced the easing of travel restrictions on Friday.

- Finland's line is to balance health and the economy as a whole.

It is not a question of political trade, the new chairman of the center, Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko, said in Yle on Saturday.

He was interviewed on Yle TV1's Ykkösaamu on Saturday morning.

He spoke on current issues in sport and the forthcoming budget dispute.

Hockey exposures are worrying

Saariko was asked about increased corona infections in connection with sports and especially hockey.

- That's worrying news.

Solutions are made regionally.

I recommend that top athletes live very limited lives, he said.

According to him, the Finnish Hockey League can start, even though small clusters in the sport have emerged.

It was also discussed whether the World Hockey Championships can be held in Belarus.

The Games are scheduled to take place in Latvia and Belarus.

- I am in favor of common international solutions.

The World Hockey Championships aren’t just about playing in some country, he said.

Saarikko also took a stand on harassment in sports.

The background was a report published by the Finnish Sports Ethics Center, SUEK.

According to the study, about a quarter of competitive athletes have experienced sexual harassment in the past five years.

- This is reprehensible and wrong, Saarikko said.

According to him, Finland has a lot to improve in terms of behavior.

- Behaviors have deteriorated.

The money granted, he says, is linked to how he behaves in the sport.

According to Saarikko, the state has a responsibility to account for Veikkaus' reduced income.

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A difficult budget dispute awaits

The government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd) is expected to face a tough test early next week in the budget debate.

The government will meet on Monday and Tuesday to discuss next year’s budget in a budget debate.

According to Saarikko, the government program should not be changed.

Prime Minister Marin said on Tuesday that the SDP is ready to rewrite the government program or program, but not so much the other governing parties.

According to Saarikko, the government program should not be changed.

- The government program is a broad entity.

Certain goals in the economy are escaping, Saarikko said.

- The peat sector is changing faster than what the government program predicted.

He stressed that the interest rate crisis is still ongoing.

Saarikko has also ended up supporting raising the compulsory school age.

Finally, Saariko was asked if he would be ready to go to a joint government with the basic Finns?

- Yes, Saarikko replied.