If you haven’t noticed I am a bit nuts about the Olympics, this lead me into doing a bit of research into how it is funded and what happens. I picked football to compare it to, as this seems to be our national sport.
The FA association gets 36m in funding from the government, Olympics sports gets 543m, which may sound a lot but this is the summer and winter Olympics, and included the paralympics in it as well.
39 Summer Olympic Sports
22 Summer Parallympic Sports
15 Winter Olympic Sports
6 Winter Paralympic Sports
Altogether 82 sports, this is bundling things like Athletics altogether, also some sports mainly fund themselves so might get very little, but on average each sport receives 6.6 million pounds (which includes football so they technically get another 6.6m on top of that 36m.)
Olympic medalists get around £27500 a year to train and live (coming out of their 6.6m). Lets not even get into those trying to get into the sport, who have to find funding for their own equipment.
Footballers on average earn around £43717 a week.
If any athlete wins a medal they get zero, nothing, nada in the UK and we are one of the few countries who don’t offer a money incentive, we will however paint a postbox yellow if you win gold.
In a leaked contract from Man United, all that team had to do was play to get part of a five million pound bonus.
We haven’t won the World Cup since 1966 and have never won the Euro.
As it stands we are number 1 in 27 sports, number 2 in 23 and number 3 in 17.And that is coming away from the 2016 Olympics. In the 2012 Paralympics we were 1st in 34 sports, 2nd in 43 and 3rd in 43. Winter Olympics 1st in 1, 2nd in 1 and 3rd in 2 events, Finally in the Paralympics 1st in 1 even 2nd in 3 events and 3rd in 2 events.
That is a hell of a lot of sports we are good at that in relative terms get very little money
Something doesn’t seem right.