Olympic funding for basketball, synchronised swimming, water polo and weightlifting has been withdrawn following UK Sport’s latest review.Â […Â ]
UK Sport’s reviewÂ decided to target funding only on those sports where Olympic and Paralympic medals are realistic targets.
Simon Timson, director of performance at UK Sport, said: “We have undertaken a thorough, evidence-based review of all the funded sports to arrive at these tough yet important decisions. By its very nature elite sport is intensely competitive and the cost of success in the Rio environment means it is vital that every pound we invest has a real benefit in terms of medal performance.”
British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes suggested that a formal appeal against the decision could take place, and said: â€œWe are deeply disappointed and shocked at the decision to remove funding from the sports of womenâ€™s water polo and synchronised swimming.
â€œWhile British Swimming welcomes UK Sportâ€™s on-going support for diving and para-swimming, as well as recognising the massive turn around in the direction of the swimming programme, it is an extremely dark day for womenâ€™s sport in this country as todayâ€™s announcement could well signal the death of these historic Olympic sports in Britain.
UK Sport slashes funding for Women’s Water Polo and Synchronized Swimming