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08 Feb 2019
Seven sports secure UK Sport funding to help with Tokyo 2020 plans

Seven sports will receive extra funding to support their plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Basketball, sitting volleyball, baseball and wrestling will receive grants from the Aspiration Fund, while fencing, wheelchair fencing and boccia will receive additional investment as part of UK Sport's annual review process.

The £3m Aspiration Fund was launched in December 2018 and initially saw 14 Olympic and Paralympic sports receive investment to help support their ambitions for Tokyo 2020.

The decision to launch the new fund is widely seen as a softening of the elite sport body's “no compromise” approach, under which only sports with an expectation of winning a medal at Olympic or Paralympic Games receive support.

Grants from the Aspiration Fund are capped at £500,000 for team sports and £275,000 for individual sports while they will run to the end of the Tokyo 2020 cycle.

"With the addition of basketball, sitting volleyball, baseball and wrestling, the Aspiration Fund investment will now reach a total of 18 sports ahead of Tokyo 2020," said Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport.

According to British Volleyball Federation (BVF) president Richard Callicott, the Aspiration Fund is a "lifeline" for teams such as Team GB volleyball, which has been training under "difficult circumstances".

“The team has been finding it very difficult to train and compete internationally, with players having to find all the costs themselves," Callicott said.

“This gives the players a considerable boost to their morale in their quest to reach Tokyo 2020.”

The totals received by each sport from the Aspiration Fund:

Basketball £75,000
Baseball £30,500
Wrestling £41,600
Sitting Volleyball £11,000


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18 Apr 2019
GWI’s ATM agenda to focus on medical and wellness tourism
The agenda for the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Wellness Symposium at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been set and will feature experts in both medical tourism and wellness tourism, who will explore emerging trends and opportunities in both sectors.
18 Apr 2019
Finalists revealed for largest ever ukactive Awards
Ukactive has revealed the finalists for its annual industry awards – with this year's edition declared as the largest ever.
17 Apr 2019
Body image revealed as theme for 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
14 Apr 2019
Healing Hotels' Anne Biging receives ‘Woman of the Decade’ award from Women’s Economic Forum
Anne Biging, co-founder and CEO of Healing Hotels of the World, has been named ‘Woman of the Decade in Business & Leadership’ at the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi, India.
08 Apr 2019
World Leisure now accepting applications for Innovation Prize
World Leisure Organization (WLO) is now accepting applications for the 8th edition of the World Leisure International Innovation Prize.
05 Apr 2019
Elevate signs up Metro Blind Sport as charity partner to promote inclusivity
The organiser of physical activity trade show Elevate has signed up Metro Blind Sport as its charity partner for this year's event.
03 Apr 2019
EHFF 2019: European fitness market still growing
The European fitness market continues to grow at a steady rate, according to the latest European Health & Fitness Market Report, published in partnership by Deloitte and EuropeActive.
28 Mar 2019
Second annual Women in Wellness Leadership Conference inspires professional growth
Approximately 250 women attended American Spa’s second Women in Wellness Leadership Conference at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on 12 March.
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