Team GB to be spared Tokyo Olympic medal target due to year of Covid uncertainty

Britain’s Olympic staff is ready to be spared a medal target in Tokyo due to the Covid pandemic.

Sixteen months in the past UK Sport upgraded its target for Team GB in Japan from between 51 and 85 medals to 54 and 92.

But then got here the arrival of coronavirus, the sporting world shut down and, in some circumstances, is simply now restarting once more.

Against a backdrop of appreciable uncertainty and a removed from stage enjoying area, Britain’s excessive efficiency funding company are anticipated to take away the medal target.

Team GB boss Mark England stated: “We haven’t set a medal target – and we received’t to be trustworthy. I don’t suppose UK Sport will both.

“What’s been very apparent over the previous 12 months is that it has given a possibility for younger athletes to be stronger and put themselves in competition.

Mark England the Chef de Mission for Team GB

“But it has also been very obvious that any competition data in terms of where we stand against our main competitors across the world really isn’t there.”

England’s phrases chime with remarks made final week by Katherine Grainger, Olympic nice turned chair of UK sport.

“We are incredibly sensitive and aware of the sports’ situations,” she stated. “There are lots of very grown up conversations now we have had all through the pandemic. Where are the sports activities up to? What are sensible expectations?

UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger
UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger

“For some, they cannot meet those expectations yet because they haven’t had the international competition.

“There is still a huge amount of ambition,” she confused. “It is not a sense of not wanting to see targets or dampening down expectations. It is the lack of information that means we cannot set numbers right now.”

Britain has grown into an Olympic superpower over the previous three Games, climbing from tenth within the medal desk in Athens to fourth in Beijing, third in London and second in Rio in 2016.

Asher-Smith continued her unbeaten season in Florence
Asher-Smith continued her unbeaten season in Florence

Whereas Team GB managed just one gold medal at Atlanta in 1996, they received a report 29 at London 2012. Four years on their 67-medal haul was their greatest for 108 years.

Dina Asher-Smith destroyed a high-quality 200 metres area to win by greater than half a second in Florence.

Britain’s world champion over the gap clocked 22.06 seconds to break Marion Jones’ 22-year outdated meeting report.

It is her quickest ever time exterior of championships and confirms she is constructing properly in the direction of the Tokyo Olympics.

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