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Olympic funding reprieve for UK basketball

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Deng

HAVING ORIGINALLY had their funding completely cut after the London 2012 Olympic Games, British Basketball will be awarded funding in the build up to the Rio 2016 Games in Brazil.

The announcement comes after British Basketball made an informal representation to UK Sport's board on January 30 after British Basketball presented new and compelling performance information that reprioritised the sport and the board agreed to further investment.

Team GB and NBA star Luol Deng, who previously had written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, pleading for the side’s £8.5m to be restored, said that the financial reprieve was “incredible news for not only us as a team but for the future development of the sport of basketball.

“The last few weeks have also been a great example of team work and what can be achieved when everyone works together to deliver a result.”

The Chicago Bulls small forward continued: "The hard work, however, starts now. As players and as the figureheads of the sport we have to now deliver on a number of levels and ensure that the legacy of 2012 and indeed the last six years is established and continues to grow between now and Rio. In 2016 we aim to reward today's decision with a medal!"

His Team GB team-mate Drew Sullivan added that the announcement was “absolutely fantastic for the sport, I am overwhelmed to hear basketball have been awarded funding from UK Sport.”

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