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Four sports suffer Olympic funding cut

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Basketball, synchronised swimming, water polo and weightlifting have all had their Olympic funding withdrawn by UK Sport.

UK Sport has decided to put money into other sports ahead of the Rio Games in 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

Three Paralympic sports – wheelchair fencing, goalball and five-a-side football – have suffered the same fate.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholls says it would be "high risk" to continue funding sports with little chance of winning a medal by 2020.

Around £350-million will be spent preparing Britain's best medal chances at both the Olympics and Paralympics. The sports that have missed out have until March to lodge an appeal.


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