Tiler goes on strike over funding cut

From BBC - July 16, 2017

Olympic weightlifter Rebekah Tiler has missed this weekend's British Championships in protest over funding.

Tiler, 18, was due to compete in the Women's -69kg category on Sunday.

UK Sport cut all funding for British Weightlifting as they did not believe they possessed a 'credible' medal chance for Tokyo 2020.

"Sorry guys wo not be at the British this year on strike till some funding is found. British Weightlifting, thanks for messing my life up," she tweeted.

British Weightlifting told BBC Sport that the event had been a success and added: "BWL no longer has the funds to support an elite squad of female lifters training for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the major championships leading up to it, despite the possibility of winning a medal at the Games.

"Sport England continues to support BWL, although that funding is ring-fenced for the development of the sport and at grassroots level. A small budget from Sport England has been allocated to support the squad ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games."


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