U.K.'s 'Lesser' Sports Could See Funding Dry Up After London Games Failure
Minority sports that "revelled in their moment in the Olympic sun are facing the realities of a tough future," according to Robin Scott-Elliot. U.K. Sport, the body that distributes elite funding to Olympic sports, is "in the process of determining how much each governing body should receive" towards the '16 Rio de Janeiro Games. The governing body has a pot of £508M ($797M) to divide. Sports have to demonstrate that their teams or athletes "are capable of winning medals" in four years' time, or are able "to qualify and finish in the top eight." Britain was able to enter every event in London because it was the host nation. For Rio, however, sports like handball will have to qualify. Having lost every men's and women's match in London, there is "practically no chance of that." Under U.K. Sport's determined "no compromise" approach, that means handball "will not be funded again." It is not only the "lesser" sports that face cuts. Swimming failed to meet its medal target, and so "will be given less public funding" (INDEPENDENT, 8/15).