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Funding for Training

Our biggest local swimming pool is closing

“The Olympics will promote sport and healthy living in the capital,” it says the website of Waltham Forest borough council. “We can now look forward to seeing the area regenerate with the best sporting, leisure and cultural facilities the world has ever seen."

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Financing elite athletes

Athletes waiting for funding to finance their training complained of delays by Chancellor Gordon Brown in allocating monies to the British Olympic Association (BOA) (E. Harris & P. Waugh, Evening Standard, February 15, 2006). The BOA has stated that it needs £500 million to develop young athletes. The Chancellor refused to announce a decision until after the March 2006 Budget. Three athletes announced that they were quitting because finance had not been made available.


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