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Sports Competitors: Training

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 176333, tabled on 8 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government has made an assessment of the relative merits of the possible training facilities for Team GB urban sports athletes ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

16 October 2018

The National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Olympic sports are responsible for the training of their athletes during the period leading up to the Olympic Games, and with it the facilities they choose. UK Sport is working closely with NGBs to determine the appropriate level of facilities needed to sustain Olympic success ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games, which are set to run from 24 July to 9 August 2020. The British Olympic Association (BOA), as the National Olympic Committee (NOC) for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is responsible for Team GB’s participation at the Olympic Games.

UK Sport’s high-performance system and investment approach is admired the world over, and Great Britain is now recognised as one of the world’s most successful sporting nations. Decisions over which sports to fund in each Olympic and Paralympic cycle are made independently of Government by UK Sport. This helps ensure that funding decisions are made free from political influence with a view to the best overall outcomes for our elite athletes.