Milton Keynes-based GB Badminton 'staggered' by decision to cut their funding

The National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes is the sport's headquarters. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Milton Keynes-based GB Badminton say they're "staggered" after their funding appeal was rejected by UK Sport.

The sport's governing body had been hoping to reverse last year's initial decision to withdraw their £5.7 million funding, but their efforts have proved to be in vain.

It means that the sport will now have to find money from elsewhere ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

The fact that badminton's funding has been taken away has surprised many, especially after Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge won a bronze for Great Britain at last year's Games in Rio.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge claimed Bronze in Rio. Credit: PA
The sport will now receive no funding for 2020. Credit: PA

UK Sport have defended their choice to cut the funding, and have reiterated that they've had to make some tough decisions about which sports will receive funding in the upcoming Olympic cycle.

"I’d like to thank all the sports for their professionalism and openness throughout this process," Chair of UK Sport Rod Carr said.

"Our decision is in no way a reflection on them, their athletes or support personnel and everything that they have achieved to date.

“I appreciate that for the majority of national governing bodies that attended the representation meetings today's outcome is extremely disappointing.

"We are operating in a tight financial envelope, and have responsibilities to both develop the system underpinning our best athletes as well as the sports and athletes themselves, and sadly our investment won’t stretch to these sports for the Tokyo 2020 cycle.”