Riding’s appeal against cutting money for British skiing

An article in the prestigious newspaper “The Times” this morning gives voice to a plea I made yesterday Dave Ridingthe British slalom rider who achieved in the 2021/22 season – in Kitzbuehel – the first historic victory for a Briton at the World Cup.

what happened? UK Sport, the government agency responsible for investments in sport in the UK, has decided to allocate £11.9m to GB Snowsport (British Federation) for the upcoming Olympics, compared to £14m in the four-year period that ended with the Beijing Games.

Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing will suffer the most significant cutbacks, as top athletes will not be able to take advantage of the “world-class programme”.
It is the same British federation that clearly wrote in a statement a few days ago that the funds are not sufficient to support the needs of the athletes in the national team.
This is a blow to the athletes, coaches, technicians and all those working in the federation – Reads the press release – People who have shown tremendous dedication and effort for Britain’s development in downhill, cross-country and semi-northern skiing, including through the outstanding achievements of many athletes over the past two seasons.

The same athletes launched an appeal on social media and on the federation’s website: The most affected are Dave Riding, Charlie Guest, Billy Major, Laurie Taylor and Charlie RaposoWhich over the next eight weeks will have to find around £800,000 to be able to plan for the next competitive season and the world championships in Méribel Courchevel next February.
The motivation provided by UK Sport is the lack of relevant results at the Olympic, Paralympic or World Championships, without assessing the progress of individual athletes and the state of the pandemic.
At the Beijing Olympics, the British delegation won only two medals, one gold and one silver, both in curling.

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It’s an ironic situation because the 2022 season was one of the best ski season in the British Alps with the aforementioned win by Ryding, points scored by Charlie Raposo (3 top 30 scores, all last season), Billy Major and Laurie Taylor; In the women’s field, Charlie Guest scored 68 points thanks to 6 results in the top 30.

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