OLYMPIC and Paralympic sports have been warned their record-breaking funding pots will be cut if they employ “bad people”.
UK Sport have announced £352million investment for 43 sports in the build-up to the rescheduled Tokyo Games and before the Paris 2024 Games.
Yet after allegations of mistreatment and bullying in sports like track cycling, canoeing and gymnastics since Rio 2016, there was a strict condition attached to the money.
UK Sport want to develop a “culture of winning the right way” – and a focus away solely on medals.
An integrity strategy review will begin in the New Year to determine exactly where the line is and what will happen if any sport crosses it.
Sally Munday, CEO of UK Sport, said: “Bad people exist in every walk of life, bad people will try and infiltrate and be part of our system. We don’t want them.
“And we want the whole system to be very clear that they aren’t welcome.
“So we’ll be asking everyone in the system to be working with us to get rid of people. They aren’t welcome if they misbehave in a way that aligns with the Olympic and Paralympic values.
“There is simply no place in our sports family for anyone who doesn't want to play by the right ethics and the right standards.
“We obviously still want to win medals and keep making our nation proud.
“But we firmly believe this must go hand-in-hand with a focus on how we win those medals, the integrity that high-performance sport demands.
“We want a truly diverse and thriving sporting community across the kingdom.”
Posh sports equestrian, rowing, modern pentathlon and sailing have all had their money cut.
Despite several claims of mistreatment by past and present stars, gymnastics will receive £12.5million over the next four years – almost £1million down on the Rio cycle.
The biggest winners are archery (£2.1million) and badminton (£3.2milllion).
Climbing, skateboarding and surfing, which are new for the Tokyo Olympics roster, will get under £1.7million each from a £10.3million Progression Sport fund.
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