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On 17/02/2018 at 23:36, Mafiabob said:

Is that really true though? 

Elite basketball is not getting money from UK sport and they are saying they wont be able to fulfill any games after April. In essence, there won't be a UK team playing competitively anymore.  

UK sport are not funding them because they are not seen as a medal prospect.

Its the 2nd most participated sport between 14 - 16 year olds, 218k kids per week, of which a fair % are from inner city areas. 

The point the governing body is making is that if theres not an elite team in the uk for the kids to aspire to play for, then they might lose them to sport altogether. Theres the social aspect. 

I realise the grassroots get funded, but the total funding for basketball and skeleton bob is almost the same.

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, CWC1983 said:

Elite basketball is not getting money from UK sport and they are saying they wont be able to fulfill any games after April. In essence, there won't be a UK team playing competitively anymore.  

UK sport are not funding them because they are not seen as a medal prospect.

Its the 2nd most participated sport between 14 - 16 year olds, 218k kids per week, of which a fair % are from inner city areas. 

The point the governing body is making is that if theres not an elite team in the uk for the kids to aspire to play for, then they might lose them to sport altogether. Theres the social aspect. 

I realise the grassroots get funded, but the total funding for basketball and skeleton bob is almost the same.

 

 

 

 

I’ve often wondered... if a sport is expected to get medals, then doesn’t get any, that’s not going to help their medal prospects. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. 

If they actually have basketball a decent chunk of funding, then they might actually get somewhere (although it’s a pretty competive sport on the international level, good luck beating USA, Russia and probably a handful of other teams that are all considerably better than we’ll ever be (still less teams than are better than us at football though)). 

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41 minutes ago, TigerTedd said:

I’ve often wondered... if a sport is expected to get medals, then doesn’t get any, that’s not going to help their medal prospects. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. 

If they actually have basketball a decent chunk of funding, then they might actually get somewhere (although it’s a pretty competive sport on the international level, good luck beating USA, Russia and probably a handful of other teams that are all considerably better than we’ll ever be (still less teams than are better than us at football though)). 

The pressure to medal at Olympic games must get really high. 

Take Cycling for example, undoubtedly the most successful sport in terms of medals in recent times, but to continue to get the same level of funding they need to keep winning medals. 

I cant help wonder if that pressure has contributed to some of the questionable behaviours in recent years. 

Anyway, to get back on topic, here's hoping Eve Muirhead can keep on winning in the curling. 

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14 minutes ago, JuanFloEvraTheCocu'sNesta said:

She has had an absolute stinker from start to finish during these olympics!

She certainly has - though the 'expert' commentators seem to think she's been harshly treated by the officials at times. Seems a bit of a lottery as far as who wins - high speed and physically close racing, but touch anyone else and you're disqualified seems a little crazy....

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