BPA responds to UK Sport Tokyo funding representations announcement
British Paralympic Association response to UK Sport Tokyo funding representations announcement:
“We are disappointed that both Goalball and Wheelchair Rugby have been unsuccessful at appeal with UK Sport. We would, of course, like every one of our medal potential sports to be sufficiently funded now to allow them to be in the best possible shape for qualification for Tokyo in 2020 and give every athlete the best possible opportunity.
However, we understand the process undertaken by UK Sport, and support their overall approach given they ultimately have a finite funding pot for investment.
We will continue to work closely with all sports seeking qualification for Tokyo 2020 and support them where we can going forward as major Paralympic sports and as our members.
More broadly, as the funding environment becomes ever more challenging, we will seek to play our part in looking at the future of funding for Paralympic sport at an elite level and how we can ensure a better, system-wide approach to the consideration of athlete pathways through to the Games.”
“We also understand that the funding for Powerlifting will remain with British Weightlifting which is very positive for this sport.”