Seven sports are beginning the appeal process against UK Sport’s decision to provide them zero funding at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo. Rio 2016 was Great Britain’s most successful Olympics since 1908 with the team achieving 67 medals including 27 golds, 23 silvers and 17 bronze.
Five of the seven sports that are appealing the funding decision were provided with funds in Rio and, when the announcement was made in December, it was met with widespread criticism.
One of the biggest shocks was that badminton was left with zero funding, despite exceeding expectations in the summer. Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellison achieved a bronze medal in Rio, bettering the target the sport was set by UK Sport. Former Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms described the decision as a ‘disgrace’ and Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy believes they have a good chance at overturning the decision.
He said “Our understanding is that UK Sport doubt our Olympic medal credentials, however we have players who have not only won Olympic medals but also won World Tour titles and Super-Series titles, and these are the biggest events in our sport and we are regularly beating the best in the world.”
In addition to badminton, archery, weightlifting, fencing and the Paralympic sport of wheelchair rugby all received funding for Rio but have not been allocated any money for Tokyo. UK Sport have provided £345 million for the 2020 games, which is a decrease of £5 million.
Paralympic goalball and table tennis did not receive any funding in 2016 but are appealing the decision that they have not been allocated any for 2020, as the sports bosses believe they have a strong chance of medalling in Tokyo.
All sports have until Tuesday 17th January to challenge the decision.
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