Slashing sports funding will kill off any Olympic legacy
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It was announced yesterday that the government and UK Sports Funding Council will begin a process of cutting funding for various Olympic sports where they do not anticipate a British team to reach the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson attempted to explain the reasoning behind the decision, saying: "There's no point funding sports that are not going to qualify. We will fund any sport where we think there is a realistic chance of a medal in Rio or in the 2020 Games. "The base cut-off is if a sport does not qualify for an Olympics, that is very important. But remember that even if there are sports that don't attract funding, they can still get funding through Sport England and so on to develop their talent into a position where they will qualify for a games in the future." The UK Sports Funding Council officially calls this funding style 'no compromise', and it designed to channel money into developing elite-level athletes and teams who can compete at the highest level of their respective sports. Thus, sports such as track cycling, rowing, athletics, gymnastics, and others where Britain won significant numbers of medals at the 2012 London Olympics will continue to receive funding in order to ensure that Britain maintains and increases it's standings in these sports. The flip-side of this coin is that sports such as volleyball and handball, which are comparatively minor sports in this country, will see their funding cut entirely, and they found themselves receiving significantly less funding than more prominent sports. Great Britain's men's volleyball team announced on Tuesday that their Head Coach, Harry Brokking, was stepping down due to the governing body not being able to pay him, as a direct result of the incoming funding cuts. Volleyball in the UK received approximately £3.5 million pounds in the run-up to the Olympics, but they did not meet their performance targets.
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