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Great Britain Basketball could lose funding

ESPN staff
September 10, 2013
Great Britain's men's team were given a Eurobasket top six finish target by UK Sport © AP

The Great Britain men's basketball team may not retain Olympic funding following their EuroBasket first round exit.

Three defeats in five games was not enough for the Brits to progress to the second round, therefore ending any chance of a top six finish; a credential which UK Sport demanded if they were to continue to receive funding.

Great Britain started with a 75-71 win over Israel on September 4, but then suffered successive defeats to France and Belgium. A win over Germany gave the team a chance progressing through, but all hopes were ended with Monday's 87-68 loss to Ukraine.

Following the London 2012 Olympics, UK Sport decided to cut all funding to both men's and women's basketball. The body is providing £347 million of funding in the build up to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

However, British Basketball appealed the decision and UK Spot backed the sport with funds of approximately £7m; but stipulated a minimum sixth place or higher finish at Eurobasket in return.

Great Britain's women's team is facing a similar predicament after failing to finish in the Eurobasket top eight in June; another UK Sport demand in return for funding.

The body's annual review takes place in January, where a decision is expected to be made on the future of funding for Great Britain Basketball.

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