British Government To Provide £232 Million To Athletes in Preparation for 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics

Published 08/16/2021, 11:41 AM EDT
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Post an incredible performance at Tokyo Olympics 2020, the British Government has funded the athletes taking part in the Paris Olympics and Paralympics in 2024!

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The Chef de Mission, the diplomatic body of Great Britain, appreciated the athletes for their achievements in a “most complex, challenging and difficult environment”. Since Team Great Britain finished fourth in the Tokyo 2020 medal table with 22 gold, 21 silver, and 22 bronze Olympic medals, the prime minister had a huge announcement to make.

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Athletes from Great Britain to prepare for Olympics and Paralympics for 2024

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Recently, the Prime Minister announced that the UK Government will provide funds worth £232 million to all the athletes preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, 2024. Not only will the £232 million be used to back athletes but also their coaches and support staff as well.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Team GB showed us the very best of this country in Tokyo – demonstrating sportsmanship, hard work and record-breaking performances. From the pool to the track to the velodrome, our Olympians gave us so many reasons to be proud, and to celebrate their extraordinary success. This increased funding will support Team GB to deliver their best possible performances in three years’ time in Paris.”

The Chairman of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger, further added that “This commitment from our Government, as well as the incredible support we receive from National Lottery players, gives us greater certainty of delivering more extraordinary moments to reach, inspire and unite the nation in Beijing and Paris, and also sets us up perfectly for the ‘greatest decade’ of sport that we hope to deliver in the years to come. Our thanks go to Government and The National Lottery for their unwavering support for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”

How will this affect athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics

There has been an increment of over 44%, compared to the amount provided for Tokyo Olympics. Earlier, £54 million was being provided a year by the UK government in cash. But now, the decided amount is £77.4 million per year! Indeed, this will bring about a tremendous difference in every athlete’s performance.

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It will not only motivate them for a greater incentive. However, it will also maintain the incredible performances these athletes showcased in Tokyo.

376 athletes from Great Britain competed at the Tokyo Olympics, despite the issues put up by the pandemic. Last, a result of amalgamating the funds provided by the government; along with the athletes’ dedication and hard work made it possible for Team Britain to emerge victorious at Tokyo Olympics.

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Hoping for athletes from Great Britain to make the most of this wonderful opportunity. Their preparation for Paris Olympics and Paralympics in 2024 just got a lot more exciting.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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