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Olympics & Paralympics 2020: Badminton among seven sports to lose funding appeals

Nicholl defends funding cuts to seven UK sports

Badminton is one of seven sports to have lost appeals against UK Sport funding cuts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle.

The decision comes despite Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge winning bronze for Great Britain in the men’s doubles at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Archery, goalball, fencing, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby will also all receive no funding.

However, powerlifting was successful in its appeal to UK Sport.

It means the sport’s £1.3m funding will be managed by British Weightlifting and not the English Institute of Sport, as was the case before the 2016 Olympics.

GB Badminton said it was “staggered”