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British Bobsleigh To Withdraw Funding For Women's Team Ahead Of 2018 Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 20 / 17

British Bobsleigh is reportedly "set to withdraw funding from its women's team" -- just five months before the Winter Olympics, according to Roan & Hope of the BBC. British driver Mica McNeill said that she was "gutted and shocked" to be told by execs there was no money left to fund her because ...

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