MQT on 2008-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2008
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In 2012 the Olympic stadium will be the showcase for athletics around the world, yet UK Sport have just cut the funding for our athletes who will compete in that stadium. Do you agree that a special case should be made to increase their funding, despite the poor medal showing in Beijing, as a way to secure an athletics legacy for this stadium and the Games as a whole?


Answer for Athletics

Answer for Athletics

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I cannot support a funding settlement under which some sports receive less investment for the 2012 Games, on home soil, than they did for the 2008 Games. These cuts have been forced on UK Sport because of the Government's failure to reach its target of £100 million private sector support for elite sport, to supplement the commitments of £200 million from the Treasury and £300 million from the National Lottery. Under those circumstances, and given the historic opportunity presented by London 2012, I would expect the Government to underwrite the commitment it made and make up the shortfall to guarantee the full funding package of £600 million which it announced in March 2006. *