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Rio 2016 funding awards revised

Basketball and wheelchair fencing organisations have won a reprieve from the funding cuts which threatened their preparations for the Rio 2016 Games.

Beach volleyball has also been told by UK Sport, the high performance agency, that it will revisit costs for a small squad investment.

From being told they would get no money for the build-up to Rio 2016, basketball and wheelchair fencing have won a one-year conditional award from UK Sport. The amounts have yet to be confirmed.

British Basketball's performance chairman Roger Moreland said they were "absolutely delighted" with the decision, made after six national sporting governing bodies this week argued against the controversial funding figures announced in December.

British Basketball had been funded to the tune of £8.6 million ahead of London 2012, but had been told they would get no money in the run-up to Rio 2016.

The funding to basketball and wheelchair fencing is only a partial reprieve, as in both cases, UK Sport's award will be on a one-year conditional basis. The next three years' funding will only be released once strict performance criteria has been fulfilled. More talks are to be held with the two sports in the coming weeks.

Mr Moreland said: "They (UK Sport) could see from our evidence and that supplied by Patrick Baumann from our international federation (FIBA) that our sport has an upward trajectory in terms of both performance and participation. This is a momentous day for British basketball and everyone who is connected with the sports, whether players, fans or officials."

Mr Baumann, secretary general of FIBA, said: "I am thrilled for British Basketball and UK Sport's recognition and appreciation of the very strong case we presented. The new funding will allow the sport to build on the progress and growth it has already made in a very short time and aim for a podium place in 2020."

Liz Nicholl, UK Sport's chief executive, said: "Our approach will deliver a stronger, more sustainable high-performance system. The door is not closed to any sport that has had their funding reduced or stopped.

"Every sport has the opportunity to come back to us at the annual review stage to make a case for future funding if they can demonstrate sufficient progress to evidence a credible medal opportunity within the next eight years."


From Belfast Telegraph