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British sailing Lottery funding under pressure

Olympic funding for the British Sailing Team looks likely to be under threat following the revelation that National Lottery income had dropped by £158 million in the first quarter of the financial year.

The greater part of British sailing team funding, some 25.5 million, comes from the National Lottery via UK Sport.

The funding to each Olympic sport is based on the expected medal potential for that sport. That decision for the 2020 Games in Japan will be taken before the end of 2017.

The British Sailing team won three medals at the Rio Games, two gold and one silver, the lowest number since 2004.

In overall medals won Britain placed third behind Australia and New Zealand.

Sailing was hit by a number of multi medal winner retirements after 2012 - Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Paul Goodison, and the failure of their replacements to perform to their potential in Rio.

Sailing, as the fourth highest funded sport behind, Rowing, Cycling and Athletics, is particularly reliant on Lottery funding.

The National Lottery started in 1993 but it no longer has the field to itself. Several other high profile schemes such as the Health Lottery and People's Postcode Lottery, have taken revenue.

Costs per medal can be high: For sailing it is £8.5 million per medal.

With all the sports being squeezed for funding share, sailing will have to make a very good case for winning more medals to maintain the present funding levels.

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