Olympics

Britain increases funds in bid for Olympic medals

Share This Story

   
 

LONDON (AP)

Britain has announced an 11 percent increase in funding for Olympic and Paralympic sports in a bid to win more medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 than the record number the host nation earned at the London Games this year.

Britain will invest a record $562 million to meet its target of winning 66 medals at the Rio Olympics and 121 medals in the Paralympics. That is an increase of one medal for both.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl says ''we want to be the first nation in recent history to be more successful in both the Olympics and Paralympics, post-hosting.''

Swimming's funding was slashed by nearly $6.48 million, but rowing and cycling - Britain's two most successful sports - will receive at least $48.65 million each.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


OLYMPIC VIDEOS

Olympian Van Dyken injured in ATV accident

Posted: Jun 09, 2014
America's Pregame provides an update on the condition of former Olympic swimmer ...

Phelps clocks fastest qualifying time in return

Posted: Apr 24, 2014
Michael Phelps clocks the fastest qualifying time in 100-meter butterfly at the ...

Clark claims 7th US Open halfpipe crown

Posted: Mar 09, 2014
Watch Kelly Clark land the first-ever cab 1080 en route to claiming her 7th win ...

Gold wins US Open halfpipe

Posted: Mar 09, 2014
Watch Taylor Gold's US Open-clinching run in the halfpipe, featuring an epic Fro...

Blind skier prepares for 2014 Paralympic Games

Posted: Mar 07, 2014
Blind skier Staci Mannella pushes the limits as she prepares for the 2014 Paraly...

Fox Sports Store