The funding announcement made today by UK Sport is very disappointing although not entirely unexpected and we are developing plans to continue with our international podium aspirations.
Archery GB is committed to implementing long term plans to achieve international medal performances and encourage developing archers at the grassroots of our sport. Rio this year was the most successful games to date for Team GB and Paralympics GB, winning a combined 214 medals across a record 34 sports, with a finite budget to go around, it has made the application process for funding even more competitive.
Neil Armitage, Archery GB Chief Executive, commented: "We have been preparing our funding bids, in conjunction with UK Sport since February, we work closely with our partners and our funding allocation is in line with our expectations and plans for Tokyo.
"Our Paralympic team led the international archery medal table in Rio, we achieved a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze medals in the Women's W1 category, have a men's double gold medallist, and smashed our UK Sport target, which is an enormous achievement and has been reflected in our Paralympic funding allocation.
Although we are disappointed with the decision to award no funding on the Olympic side, we have been preparing for the challenges of affordability and National Lottery revenue, created efficiencies and it hasn't reduced our ambition. Clearly it will be a very different programme moving forward, but the success of crucial areas like the Performance Pathway, which has been supported by Sport England will help us meet those ambitions in the future."
David Tillotson, Archery GB Performance Director, commented: "On the Olympic side we have made key changes to our performance team over the last 18 months, we've made strong progress and closed the competitive gap. We hold the men's team European silver medal, an individual European bronze medal and we surpassed our UK Sport target in Rio by achieving seventh place. Our focus is to achieve a podium position at the World Championships in October, which will allow us to open up another conversation with UK Sport and move into the area of probability rather than possibility in securing medals in Tokyo."