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SBD Global/February 5, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
UK Sport Strips Olympic, Paralympic Funding For Basketball, Six Other Sports
Published February 5, 2014
PERCEIVED BIAS: In London, Ben Rumsby reported like last year, basketball "will be offered the opportunity to earn a reprieve when UK Sport invites it to make representations in the coming weeks." British Basketball claimed UK Sport's system has a "bias" against team sports and that the decision will leave everyone involved in the sport "aghast." British Basketball Performance Chair Roger Moreland said, "The basketball community at home and abroad will be aghast that this can happen again. It seems every barrier to progress for basketball originates in Britain; the very country that should be embracing the progress its basketball teams have achieved" (TELEGRAPH, 2/4). TSN reported NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last month that the London Olympics were a "lost opportunity" and questioned "why the government wasn't backing basketball" (TSN, 2/4).
MORE SPORTS AFFECTED: The BBC reported three Paralympic sports -- wheelchair fencing, goalball and five-a-side football -- "have suffered the same fate." British men's basketball captain Drew Sullivan "hit out at the news on Twitter," accusing the decision-makers of "not having a clue." British Swimming was "equally upset with the decision to cut funding to synchornised swimming and water polo." British Swimming CEO David Sparkes called it "an extremely dark day for women's sport in this country" and said the announcement "could well signal the death of these historic Olympic sports in Britain" (BBC, 2/4).