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by Mark Zalewski
December 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling investigation cleared Sutton of eight of nine charges; British government to bail out UK sport after shortfall; Herning to host 2017 European Road Cycling Championships; Geraint Thomas calls Wiggins’ TUE controversy a grey area; Storey says British Cycling controversies not a distraction; Gerrans to race Herald Sun Tour; Sun Tour Falls Creek finish extended to the resort; Pellizotti signs with Bahrain-Merida; Coach says Wiggins has enough for one more Olympics; Olympians headline Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals races; Pavlukhina signs with Astana Women’s Team; Police use audio from incident that killed cyclist in anti-drink driving campaign; Boardman calls for overhaul of British Highway Code; Woman rides high-wheel across America; Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story; Bikepacking Vietnam: The Documentary.
After news that a drop in British lottery ticket sales could result in a subsequent £30 million reduction for Team GB budgets, prime minister Theresa May has agreed, subject to parliamentary approval, to underwrite the entire shortfall.
The lottery monies account for around two-thirds of UK Sport’s budget, which was a record £350 million in the four years between London 2012 and Rio 2016, both of which were hugely successful for Team GB.
The lottery operator recently posted a drop of more than six percent in sales year-over-year. This spurned an intense lobbying effort by UK sports minister, Tracey Crouch, and other officials for the government to provide a bailout to cover the remainder.
Other complications arose from the huge success across many sports, with funding tied to results. As well, the addition of five new sports for the Tokyo Olympics — surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing, karate and baseball/softball — further divides the pot.
An alternative to cutting funding for Olympic sport programmes is for UK Sport to reduce spending on bringing major events to Britain, like the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, or the election campaigns of sports officials, such as UCI president Brian Cookson.
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