Funding cut announced for 2012 sports

January 29, 2009

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UK Sport has confirmed tonight that a number of sports will receive swinging cuts to their budgets for 2012. The pot of £11.2million will now be shared amongst 8 Olympic sports (Fencing, handball, shooting, table tennis, volleyball/beach volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling) and 4 Paralympic sports (fencing, goalball, volleyball and wheelchair basketball (women).

“The figure means each sport will receive around a third or a half of the cash they got in the build-up to the 2008 Beijing Games. Money will be paid out up front rather than split annually though in a bid to maximise its impact.”

In particular: “Shooting’s allocation has been slashed by £3.84m, forcing a move from 46 funded athletes to about 10. Water polo has suffered a 50% cut to £1.45m, prompting bosses to warned that the men’s team may be forced to pull out of contention for the 2012 Games.”

Source: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,15234_4871407,00.html; http://www.uksport.gov.uk/news/funding_announcement_january_2008/

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