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Handball - 13. July 2009.

British Handball still fighting fit despite rating

BRITISH Handball remains on track to meet many of its Olympic goals despite UK Sport announcing a Red rating for handball in its latest Mission 2012 review.

Bulldog spirit - GB athletes remain focused on their goals. With funding from UK Sport having been reduced by around twothirds at the beginning of the year, British Handball has been forced to cut out many of the facilities and services which helped togive the sport a Green rating last year. British Handball themselves suggested a Red rating for their programme, but there remain several areas where positive progress is being made – crucially in athlete development.

In the review process, British Handball was praised by UK Sport, which acknowledged that staff had done an “exceptional job” in negotiating professional training and competition opportunities for athletes. The athletes themselves have grasped their opportunities with both hands, and are more focused than ever on their goal. British Handball chairman John Brewer said: “British Handball remains fully committed to entering both men’s and women’s teams in the 2012 Olympics.

“We’re not surprised that we got a red rating, given the cut in funding at the start of the year which resulted in us having to shelve the centralised training programme in Denmark. “We have an exceptional opportunity to do really well at 2012 and I’m certain that, despite this current Red light, we will reach our target and excite people with the potential of handball to be a mainstream sport in Great Britain.”

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