MORELAND OPTIMISTIC OVER FUNDING APPEAL

Roger Moreland 568British Basketball chairman Roger Moreland believes he has made a convincing case for a re-think from UK Sport after an appeal hearing on Wednesday against their loss of funding.

The agency will announce on Friday whether it will restore at least part of its financial support for the Great Britain teams in the lead-up to Rio 2016 after previously removing it entirely.

But Moreland, who is thought to have been joined by FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann for a 30-minute presentation to UK Sport’s board, is satisfied that their points have been made.

“The panel were engaged and receptive,”he said. “We’ve been partners together for six years. We presented a robust case. It’s a sport that really is on the up and has such a big talent pool at the 16 to 25 level. There is a golden generation that will miss out if we lose all our funding.

“We’ve gone from the backwaters of the game to playing the very best in the world in six short years. We feel there is more than enough to demonstrate that this sport is worthy of investment. The choice is pretty stark: one which is showing promise or one which is something of a cliff edge.”

There is one final formal appeal process available to British Basketball if their plea is rejected.

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