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    After that rigorous process, however, Baumann is convinced that British basketball is in a good place and full of potential and his presence on Wednesday is a major coup for the beleaguered British Basketball federation, which will have 40 minutes to present its case to the UK sport board.

    A decision will be announced by Friday at the latest at which a further formal appeal as to the process of the decision could also be launched.
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    I was really surprised about this whole debate in the first place. In any case, good news they've changed their mind.

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    British Basketball and the British Basketball League (BBL) with immediate effect, the BBL will be taking responsibility for the promotion, management and staging of all home Great Britain basketball events for the senior teams.
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    Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Joe Prunty as the new head coach after Chris Finch.
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    Guy Goodes (Maccabi Tel Aviv) was named assistant coach and former Team GB player Nate Reinking were named assistant coaches to Joe Prunty.
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    A huge setback for Team GB after being cut of funding from UKS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CKR13 View Post
    A huge setback for Team GB after being cut of funding from UKS.

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....ws+-+RSS+Feed)
    it will push back what we have gained these past few years throught our youth basketball programmes. A discouraging news for our young enthusiasts.

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    Basketball among sports stripped of Olympic funding by UK Sport


    UK Sport has been accused of "abandoning" basketball after withdrawing millions of pounds worth of funding to the Great Britain team because it does not believe they are capable of winning medals at future Olympics.

    British Basketball, along with six other sports, was dealt a major blow at UK Sport's annual Olympic and Paralympic investment review, being denied crucial funding at elite level because teams are not expected to challenge for medals at either the 2016 Games in Rio or four years later in Tokyo.

    The other disciplines to lose financial backing from the nation's high-performance sports agency were synchronised swimming, water polo, weightlifting, football for the visually impaired, goalball and wheelchair fencing, despite UK Sport having already spent almost 6m on these seven events since London 2012 in the belief that they were capable of challenging for medals.

    UK Sport said the surplus money would be distributed to other Olympic sports that have a better chance of future success. However, although 18 sports had their investment increased, swimming and badminton had theirs cut.

    British Basketball claimed UK Sport had "abandoned" them. Their chief executive, Roger Moreland, suggested there is a possibility of an appeal and said he would be making informal representations against the decision.

    He told the Guardian: "It's depressing. I think there is a huge gap in the funding system that needs to be looked at. The system is arguably biased against team and emerging sports and definitely needs looking at at a political level.

    "It's crazy. Great Britain has appeared in five EuroBasket finals in the last four years. We're excluded from the top table because UK Sport say it is all about winning medals. That's what needs to be fixed."

    A statement from British Basketball read: "How can a system abandon a sport that has come so far in such a short space of time and one that is demonstrating it can grow young talent to prepare for a medal challenge in Tokyo 2020?

    "How can a system abandon a sport where 70% of the participants are under the age of 25 and where around 50% of those that play come from black minority-ethnic communities?"

    The captain of Britain's men's team, Drew Sullivan, criticised the news on Twitter, accusing UK Sport of "not having a clue".

    UK Sport is currently spending more than 20m to fund elite canoeing during the Rio cycle, with the equivalent figure almost 7m for modern pentathlon. Elite Basketball will now receive nothing, despite the latest Sport England figures revealing 217,900 people aged 14 and over play the sport once a week. The equivalent figure for canoeing is 45,700 while the number for modern pentathlon is recorded as an "insufficient sample size".

    Last year UK Sport withdrew basketball funding but reversed the decision following an appeal.

    The chief executive of British Swimming, David Sparkes, said the organisation is considering an appeal against UK Sport's funding cut to synchronised swimming and water polo."A year ago synchronised swimming was a sport that had a realistic medal chance for Rio," he said. "It has one of the strongest Olympic high performance programmes in Great Britain, which has driven progress over the past four-year cycle.

    "The decision flies in the face of the massive legacy impact afforded by the investment… made in these sports within the London cycle and beyond."

    UK Sport argued that while the decision to withdraw funding for seven sports was a difficult one to make, they retain faith in a system that saw Britain move from 36th in the Olympic medal table at Atlanta 1996 to third at London 2012.

    Liz Nicholl, the chief executive, said: "Basketball men and women did not meet their target for last year. Basketball can still be a big sport in the UK, just not through Team GB success. There is still significant investment from the home nations. The inspiration from success is only one element of the portfolio of things that can inspire youngsters to participate. We treat every sport equally."

    The minister for sport, Helen Grant, said: "The ambition to win more medals in Rio than we did in London is huge and will not be easy to achieve. UK Sport's strategy has shown, through incredible results at Beijing and London, that it works."


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    Basketball's appeal to have their funding reinstated was denied:
    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/201...etball-funding
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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    Basketball's appeal to have their funding reinstated was denied:
    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/201...etball-funding
    Isnt basketball getting like 10 millions via grassroots program?
    Although i would not be surprised if Metro got it wrong,since it is the same as Daily Mail.

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    Practice facility for Great Britain's senior squads will be at Worcester
    http://www.hoopsfix.com/2014/04/gb-s...-of-worcester/
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    Randall Hanke was arrested by the french police yesterday. He was walking around the hallways of the Paris - Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport wearing only his underwears and threatening people. He was sent to an institution right away.

    http://www.20minutes.fr/sport/159958...rsonnes-roissy (didn't find any english source yet)


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