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SBD Global/September 19, 2013/Olympics
Scotland Could Field Own 2016 Rio Olympics Team If Independence Granted
Published September 19, 2013
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PROS AND CONS: The BBC reported Robison said that "more Scots would get the chance to participate in Brazil and future Games if independence became a reality." She also insisted that Scottish athletes "would not be disadvantaged by independence, even though they would be denied access to traditional funding streams and facilities." Robison: "We have made substantial investments." Robison added Scottish athletes would have access to a "fantastic new velodrome and a fantastic new sports arena" in Glasgow as well as a new £25M ($40M) performance center for sport in Edinburgh. However, "not everyone is convinced that Scotland would be better off competing as a separate nation." Badminton player Imogen Bankier said that her country "does not have the facilities, funding or depth of talent to make a major impact at future Olympics." Bankier: "We're lucky with the way that it stands now for Scotland. We can tap into the English system and be part of Team GB when it suits us and use it our advantage. Independence would mean we would lose that. That's only going to see sports suffer" (BBC, 9/18).
BOA STANDS PAT: The London TELEGRAPH reported the BOA said that "it will not consider" an independent Scottish team unless the country "votes to be an independent nation." A BOA spokesperson said, "At this point in time, Team GB comprises athletes from all four home nations. Until the referendum has been held, we won't know the outcome and possible consequences for a British Olympic team. Once we have those facts, we will address them" (TELEGRAPH, 9/18).