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Wheelchair rugby loses appeal against Paralympic funding cut

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Great Britain beat Sweden to finish fifth out of eight nations in the wheelchair rugby competition at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio

UK Sport has rejected wheelchair rugby’s appeal against its funding cut for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic cycle.

Wheelchair rugby lost all of its £3m funding amid speculation UK Sport wants the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to pay more of the costs.

The RFU puts in about £100,000 a year to help fund wheelchair rugby.

Seven sports are challenging the removal of their funding, including archery, badminton, fencing, goalball, table tennis and weightlifting.

An official announcement on the funding of the seven sports is expected later on Monday.

Great Britain finished fifth in the wheelchair rugby competition at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, after narrowly losing 53-51 to Australia and 50-49 to Canada in the group phase.

However, the British team did win gold at the European Championship in 2015.

Over the past five Paralympic cycles, wheelchair rugby received more than £7m in funding from UK Sport.

While Great Britain have won golds at European level, they have never won a World Championship or Paralympic medal.

What is the background?

In December, UK Sport announced the funding for the cycles for the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020.

As well as wheelchair rugby, archery, badminton, fencing, goalball, table tennis and weightlifting appealed to UK Sport to review the decision on how much they had been awarded.

UK Sport says it must prioritise sports with the strongest medal potential for Tokyo and the appeal process is essentially a second opportunity for officials to demonstrate why they deserve funding.

A total of £345m will be invested in 31 Olympic and Paralympic sports – £2m less than the record £347m allocated for the Rio Games.

UK Sport has set Team GB a target of winning between 51 and 85 Olympic medals, and 115 to 162 Paralympic medals in 2020.

Britain enjoyed unprecedented success at Rio 2016, with the Olympics yielding 67 medals and the Paralympics 147.

How much does each sport get?

Olympic sports funding
Sport Rio 2016 investment Tokyo 2020 investment
Rowing £32,622,862 £32,111,157
Athletics £26,824,206 £27,136,245
Sailing £25,504,055 £26,231,379
Cycling £30,267,816 £25,980,427
Swimming £20,795,828 £21,742,914
Canoeing £20,043,618 £19,035,169
Hockey £16,141,393 £18,018,945
Gymnastics £14,615,428 £16,688,060
Equestrian £17,992,600 £15,361,769
Boxing £13,764,437 £14,692,636
Taekwondo £8,053,837 £9,959,788
Diving £7,467,860 £8,805,908
Triathlon £7,457,997 £8,127,753
Judo £7,366,200 £7,575,680
Shooting £3,950,888 £7,028,124
Modern pentathlon £6,972,174 £6,649,932
Totals £274,465,541 £265,145,887
Paralympic sports funding
Sport Rio 2016 investment Tokyo 2020 investment
Athletics £10,837,658 £11,824,489
Swimming £11,756,218 £11,039,019
Cycling £6,833,000 £7,662,052
Wheelchair basketball £5,379,264 £6,292,219
Equestrian £3,782,800 £4,273,411
Rowing £3,834,382 £4,210,482
Boccia £3,663,781 £3,993,203
Triathlon £3,100,803 £3,913,042
Canoeing £3,048,816 £3,709,671
Table tennis £3,006,850 £3,538,713
Archery £2,449,947 £3,495,664
Shooting £3,407,444 £2,485,412
Judo £2,019,874 £2,391,086
Powerlifting £891,444 £1,337,075
Wheelchair fencing £194,886 £668,000
Wheelchair tennis £1,925,270 TBC
Totals £72,786,652 £70,833,540

More to follow.

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