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SBD Global/December 10, 2012/Olympics
London Olympics Success Brings Record Sport Participation In England
Published December 10, 2012
WOMEN CLOSE THE GAP: In London, Owen Gibson reported the funding body that invests £240M ($400M) a year in grassroots sport said that its latest figures showed the "strongest growth in participation numbers had been among women." An increase of half a million in the past year helped to "cut the gap that still exists between male and female participation." Sport England CEO Jennie Price said that the sports that had done best were those that had "planned to capitalise on the Games." Price: "This is a really substantial increase. It's an awful lot given the economic conditions, the weather and the fact a lot of people spent the summer watching the Olympics" (GUARDIAN, 12/6).