GB Snowsport Claim Against UK Sport Over Funding Cut Is Dismissed
6th April 2023
It went to independent arbitration after £7.2m was awarded to support the Ski and Snowboard programme and £4.7m for the Para Ski & Snow programme. The money is for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics. NEW
UK Sport has confirmed the conclusion of an appeal brought by GB Snowsport regarding investment for the Milan-Cortina Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
An independent arbitrator appointed in accordance with the UK Sport Independent Appeals Rules dismissed the challenge.
The investments into GB Snowsport announced on 25 July 2022 therefore remain unchanged, with £7.2m awarded to support the Ski & Snow programme and £4.7m to support the Para Ski & Snow programme.
It means the axing of funding to the GB slalom squad despite their continuing success.
We reported on it at the time on PlanetSKI:
It led to a crowdfunding campaign by the alpine squad as they tried to raise money.
UK Sport has said it “looks forward to continuing to work with GB Snowsport in support of its exciting ambitions towards 2026”.
There has also been reaction from GB Snowpsort to the decision.
“We welcome the opportunity to have put our case forward, and appreciate all parties having done so in a spirit of cooperation and positive intent,” said a spokesperson from GB Snowsport to PlanetSKI.
“We acknowledge the panel’s findings and look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with UK Sport in support of our athletes’ progress towards Milan-Cortina 2026 .
“We remain grateful to UK Sport for their continued investment into British skiing and snowboarding.”