Right now there are hundreds of sportsmen and women with no idea what their professional future holds after seven Olympic and Paralympic sports were stripped of their entire funding ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Archery, badminton, fencing, goalball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby were yesterday informed that UK Sport had rejected every one of their appeals to overturn the cuts, leaving them facing a battle to somehow keep afloat without the millions they require to function.
Badminton, the first sport to lose all its funding after delivering a medal in the most recent Games, had already warned that the loss of its £5.74 million funding pot would be “catastrophic”.
Adrian Christy, chief executive of Badminton England – which runs GB Badminton’s elite programme – told Telegraph Sport: “We know that the elite programme would be at least halved at best and is likely to be even smaller than that.
“With coaches and support staff the group at the moment is 31, including 18 players. If the funding is not reinstated it would come down to about 10 to 12 players and six support staff.
“If the money goes, it’s a little bit like wandering down Oxford Street and all the shutters have been pulled down. You can’t actually see the opportunities inside. That’s what it’s going to be like for us.”
As ever, the sports contributing the most medals – cycling, rowing, athletics and sailing – have been given the biggest slice of the pie, but it is the complete omission of seven sports that have proven most controversial.
Here are the amounts that have been taken away:
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