Olympic and Paralympic sport funding into ‘uncharted territory’ – Grainger

Dame Katherine Grainger is a five-time Olympic medallist, including gold at London 2012

The continued funding of British sport after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics has entered “uncharted territory”, says UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger.

However, Grainger hopes the government will extend their “incredible support” of athletes until next summer.

She says it is a “new headache” but is confident the government will “understand the challenges”.

The current funding cycle runs until March 2021.

New dates for the Olympics and Paralympics have yet to be set but the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organisers say they must take place no later than summer 2021.

“No money would be taken back to try and fill any gaps so sports can still rely on the money they’ve been awarded,” five-time Olympic rowing medallist Grainger told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Everyone was awarded money up to March 2021 which is where our budget goes to.

“Now we’re in uncharted territory as to how we go from that March break point through to the summer where it looks like the Games are going to be, although the IOC is still to announce dates, so I think that’s the kind of conversation we’ll be having with the government.

“I don’t want to make any presumptions at this point but we’ve had incredible support from the government over many, many years for high performance sport so I would very much hope that they understand the challenges…

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