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Australian Sports Commission Cuts Funding For Swimming And Athletics
Published April 23, 2013
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THE BIG WINNERS: In Sydney, Samantha Lane wrote yachting (a 16.7% increase on '12-13), water polo (21.5%), badminton (27.1%) and canoeing (17.4%) "were the big winners in an overhauled allocation" of A$120M in federal funding. The Australian Rugby Union got a huge 91.2% budget increase, including a one-off grant of A$500,000 toward a "national centre of excellence." Golf got a rise of 17.7% "because of the sport's inclusion in the next Olympics." ASC Chair John Wylie insisted that "outstanding athletes in any discipline would not suffer, regardless of the allocation towards their sport." Wylie said that "budget cuts to swimming and athletics would come out of administration, rather than from high performance" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 4/23). REUTERS' Ian Ransom wrote overall, sports funding in Australia will rise a modest 1.4% year-on-year to just under A$120M. The allocation comes a month after the ASC "threatened to cut funding to its top sports if they failed to bring their governance up to scratch, with demands for more transparency over their use of their funding" (REUTERS, 4/22). The AAP's John Salvado wrote Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates "welcomed the ASC's call for increased accountability from individual sporting bodies." Coates: "There will always be winners and losers under the new strategy but we fully support Winning Edge and its goals. Sports are now more accountable and they are not only judged on performance but governance" (AAP, 4/22).