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SBD Global/July 24, 2013/Olympics

Sport Wales Chair Laura McAllister Says Budget Cuts Threaten Country's Olympic Legacy

Sport Wales Chair Laura McAllister said that "the country's Olympic legacy is under threat because of budget cuts," according to Gareth Lewis of the BBC. McAllister said that "looming cuts by local authorities put participation in sport at risk." In June, the Welsh Local Government Association warned of "carnage" and a "nightmare" because of financial challenges. There are fears that non-statutory services such as leisure "will bear the brunt." McAllister: "The legacy must be under threat in the current financial climate." She also called for "a different approach to spending on sport." McAllister: "We need the support from our government and from the sectors we actually deliver for. Sport is a very low cost intervention that helps other more costly areas like health and education. So my message to those sectors is come and work with us in a collaborative way" (BBC, 7/23).

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