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SBD Global/March 20, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Funding Appeals For Six Olympics Sports Rejected By UK Sport; Weightlifting Restored
Published March 20, 2014
BASKETBALL BLUES: In London, Jim White reported for British basketball, Wednesday "was the opposite of a slam dunk." The elite game in this country "was effectively emasculated." There "will still be government money injected into the grassroots (or in basketball’s case the floorboards) through Sport England." But as far as our representative sides are concerned, "a final time out has been called." When it comes to the Rio Olympics, British basketball "finds itself on an equal footing with the Faroe Islands and Papua New Guinea." In truth, "we now have about as much chance of securing a medal as Jack Warner has of being invited to the Anti-Corruption League’s annual dinner" (TELEGRAPH, 3/19). In London, Ben Jefferson reported the decision comes after British Basketball made presentations to UK Sport urging it to reconsider its Feb. 4 decision to pull the £1.6M ($2.7M)-a-year investment in the sport. The decision could mean that NBA players Luol Deng and Joel Freeland "may be asked to pay their own insurance costs for this summer's EuroBasket 2015 qualifiers" (EXPRESS, 3/19).