Government bails out UK Sport with £30 million-plus cash injection –

The crisis deepened earlier this month when Lottery operator Camelot revealed its half-yearly sales figures, which were down more than six per cent year on year. Intense lobbying by the sports minister, Tracey Crouch, and UK Sport officials for the shortfall to be underwritten finally paid off ahead of the quango’s board meeting yesterday at which the amount of money each Olympic and Paralympic sport would get in the build-up to Tokyo 2020 was finalised.

The Prime Minister’s ­intervention may not have been enough to prevent some sports ­being stripped of all their funding, even those which won a medal at Rio 2016 and hit their pre-Games target – such as badminton, judo and wheelchair fencing.

The unprecedented medal haul in Rio, where Team GB and ParalympicsGB won a combined 214 across a record 34 sports, made ­decisions on which sports and ­athletes will have the best chance of success in 2020 and beyond all the more difficult.


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