GB Snowsport’s Appeal Against Funding Cuts Dismissed by Arbitrator

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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UK Sport last week confirmed the conclusion of an appeal brought by GB Snowsport regarding investment for the 2026 Olympics and Paralympics in Milan-Cortina, Italy. GB Snowsport had turned to an independent arbitrator after UK Sport, the British government body, had cut Olympic funding to a meager GBP 11.9 million (USD 14.7 million) in total for both Olympic and Paralympic Winter Athletes.

An independent arbitrator appointed in accordance with the UK Sport Independent Appeals Rules dismissed the challenge, which means the funding will remain unchanged. Of the GBP 11.9 million, GBP 7.2 million will go towards the Ski & Snow program, while the remaining GBP 4.7 million will support the Para Ski & Snow program.

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“UK Sport looks forward to continuing to work with GB Snowsport in support of its exciting ambitions towards 2026.”

– UK Sport

GB Snowsport maintains that the allocated funds will not be sufficient to maintain elite performance. The funding cuts predominately affect Alpine, Cross-Country, and Para-Nordic athletes. The GB Alpine Team has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support its training efforts for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

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