Sports 'delighted' over UK Sport funding reversal

4th Feb 2013

Basketball and wheelchair fencing organisations are "absolutely delighted" after UK Sport revisited a decision to slash funding before the next Games.

The two sports were initially told by the high performance agency that they would receive no financial support ahead of the Rio sporting event in 2016.

This was despite British Basketball receiving £8.6 million in funding in the run up to London 2012.

However, UK Sport has reversed the decision and basketball and wheelchair fencing have been awarded a 12-month conditional award.

The U-turn came after six national sporting bodies spoke out against the controversial decision announced in December.

Of the latest move, Roger Moreland, performance chairman for British Basketball said he was "absolutely delighted".

Beach volleyball also benefited from the decision to revisit funding,with UK Sport awarding £386,753 to support a small squad investment.

But table tennis, indoor volleyball, sitting volleyball and wrestling will receive no funding, while weight lifting and power lifting were jointly awarded £2.6 million from UK Sport.

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