Britain ends Olympic funding for basketball teams
LONDON (AP) The British government has cut funding for the country's Olympic basketball program ahead of the 2016 Games.
Basketball received 8.6 million pounds ($14 million) in the four years before the 2012 London Olympics where Britain qualified as hosts.
But UK Sport, which distributes money from the government and National Lottery, has decided basketball doesn't offer a realistic prospect of producing a medal in Rio de Janeiro.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said last month the London Olympics were a ''lost opportunity'' and questioned why the government wasn't backing basketball.
Roger Moreland, performance chairman at British Basketball, is ''aghast'' at the decision to strip funding, explaining: ''We are still on the road to Rio but we now have to qualify for EuroBasket 2015 with our hands tied behind our back.''