Tokyo 2020 Olympics Funding Cuts


With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, athletes all over the world are training hard in preparation for the event.  They can train as hard as they want, but the fact is if the teams can get the funding, then the will miss out on the chance to got entirely.

This is a major sting, as even if athletes are selected for the 2020 Olympics, without the funding they will be denied the opportunity entirely.  This is the unfortunate reality for many sports men and women in Britain, as funding cut notifications start to hit selected teams.

It seems entirely unfair for certain disciplines to be hit with funding cuts while others don’t.  One sport in particular has left athletes infuriated by the unfair decision to remove the funding entirely.  Badminton will have all of its funding cut and athletes are gobsmacked. 

This news has shocked the sport, especially after a terrific result for badminton in Rio 2016.  Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge took the bronze medal for Britain in the men’s doubles category in 2016, and have been speaking out about the cuts.  They say that to cut the funding completely after a great previous result makes absolutely no sense.  British badminton has been growing in strength they say, and the team had set their sights on a medal or two at Tokyo 2020.

These cuts have left many people confused as to what UK Sports’ priorities are.  Judo had the same result as badminton at the Rio Olympics, earning a bronze medal, however this discipline’s funding has actually increased slightly.  This news has raised concerns over transparency in the agenda of the funding and whether or not it fair to punish selected teams.

UK Sports spokespersons have said that they must prioritise medal potential.  They also state that these decisions have not been made lightly and if they could they would invest more into every sport.