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British basketball future in doubt after funding cuts

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After regaining their funding following a withdrawal last year, British basketball was stripped of all its funding again by UK Sport two months ago.

Last month the sport suffered more misery as its appeal to overturn the decision was rejected. Basketball was one of several sports to lose its funding entirely, along with synchronised swimming and water polo.

Weightlifting was the only sport which saw its funding put back following a successful appeal, with the sports who lost out being left dejected.

UK Sport's main reason for its decision was because it felt the sports lacked any real medal potential for the Rio 2016 or Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

The decision has been criticised by many people from the world of basketball in particular because it will affect the future of such an easily accessible and popular sport. 

It also caused many questions to arise with regard to its distribution of funding for other sports. UK Sport currently spends over £20 million in the run up to Rio on canoeing, despite figures showing almost five times the amount of people aged 14 and over who participate in canoeing play basketball, which will receive nothing. 

Speaking to The Guardian, Great Britain's most-capped player Stef Collins expressed her concern for what the cuts mean for the future of basketball:

"I want the kids who play this sport in their thousands to dream of playing for GB and then one day, have that dream fulfilled. That will become harder, and near impossible, without funding." 

Both Great Britain's men's and women's basketball team failed to qualify for the knockout stages at London 2012, however figureheads in british basketball are hoping this does not negate youngsters from wanting to take up basketball. Ultimately though, this is made all the more harder when all funding is cut at the top level. 

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