Wheelchair Rugby appeal rejected by UK Sport

By Greg Potts

UK Sport has rejected Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby’s (GBWR) appeal against funding being completely cut in the four year cycle before Tokyo 2020.

In December last year UK Sport announced that wheelchair rugby would lose all of it’s £3m funding amid rumours it wanted the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to contribute more.

According to BBC Sport: “The RFU puts in about £100,000 a year to help fund wheelchair rugby.”

UK Sport had said that it must prioritise sports with the greatest chance of a medal at the next games.

GB’s wheelchair rugby team finished fifth in Rio 2016 but did win gold at the European Championships in 2015.

£345m will be invested by UK Sport before Tokyo, £2m less than for the games in Rio.

Archery, badminton, fencing, weightlifting, table tennis and goalball have also had funding cut along with wheelchair rugby and an official announcement on all sports is expected later on Monday.

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