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Olympic Games: Special Purpose Vehicles

Volume 690: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they agreed to create special purpose vehicles for the Olympic governing bodies of boxing and basketball; whether this step is being taken with the unanimous agreement of the two Olympic governing bodies’ executive committees concerned; when the British Olympic Association was consulted on this initiative; and whether it gave its support to the special purpose vehicles. [HL2521]

There has been no such “vehicle” created for the sport of boxing. Funding is currently channelled through the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) and it is planned that this will be the formal route once final agreement between the British body and the ABAE has been reached. To support investment into the GB performance programme within the ABAE, UK Sport, the Government's lead agency for high-performance sport, has created a performance management group, the membership of which includes Sir Clive Woodward, director of elite performance at the British Olympic Association.

UK Sport has created a temporary subsidiary body to administer and manage its investment into the sport of basketball. This was necessary as two competing governing bodies were unable to determine which had jurisdiction of the British team. The decision to create the body—now known as British Performance Basketball (BPB)—was taken by the UK Sport board at its November 2006 meeting. Both governing bodies consented to the establishment of BPB. It is understood by all parties that this is a temporary solution and that responsibility will transfer back to the appropriately recognised British governing body when the issues within the sport have been resolved.

The British Olympic Association was consulted on this issue throughout the process, including ahead of the November UK Sport board meeting. However the decision to create a temporary subsidiary body lay with the UK Sport board.