UK Sport cut funding of Olympic medal winning sport ahead of Tokyo 2020

UK Sport pull the funding plug on successful Olympic Sports, including Rio Bronze medal winners in Badminton.

Despite a remarkable medal count in the Rio Olympic Games, UK Sport have announced that 7 sports will no longer receive funding heading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle. Badminton, who claimed an historic bronze medal in Rio, have been hit the hardest and are set to lose their £5.7m investment.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge after receiving their Olympic Bronze Medals in Rio
Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge made Badminton history at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The entire Badminton community was in complete shock after hearing the news from UK Sport announcing a complete withdrawal of all funding for the sport from April 2017. Badminton England’s chief executive Adrian Christy said it was an “incomprehensible” decision which will have a “catastrophic impact on the sport.”

In Rio, Badminton’s men’s doubles team Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge achieved a momentous bronze medal, the first for badminton in 12 years. Both Ellis and Langridge, first time Olympians, initially expressed their devastation on social media.

Ellis recently added: “I still can’t believe it. The fact that Badminton will no longer have an Olympic programme will significantly change our sport and make it hard for aspiring players to see a pathway to achieve their dreams.”

The entire Badminton GB squad with CEO, coaches and support staff.
The GB Badminton programme will no longer receive UK Sport funding ahead of the next Olympic cycle.

Fellow Olympian and one half of England’s leading mixed double’s pair, Gabrielle Adcock said: “Tokyo 2020 is the one for us to really make our mark, this will now be so much harder with no funding from UK Sport. This decision really is life changing and I just hope it doesn’t end players dreams.”

To find out more on UK Sport’s funding decision and Olympic funded sports, go to UK Sport.

By Fontaine Chapman

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