Woodward confident despite cash crisis

Eurosport - Wed, 27 Jan 13:37:00 2010

Sir Clive Woodward is confident Britain's skiers and snowboards will travel to the Winter Olympics - despite a cash crisis at SnowsportGB.

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The former World Cup-winning rugby coach and current British Olympic Association performance director will be based in Whistler - the venue for snow events - at next month's Games.

And he remains confident that the 13 skiers and snowboarders confirmed in the team today will be joining him.

However, he believes the ongoing problems at the British Ski and Snowboarding Federation, with administration still likely unless a major cash injection is found this week, will reflect in results.

"It's an unfortunate situation but one that we're doing our best to resolve," said Woodward.

"It's not ideal from a performance point of view but we have plans in place to deal with it.

"There's no doubt in my mind that the athletes will be going to Vancouver but it would be wrong to say that their preparations will be maximised as much as they should be.

"I'm only too aware of the small margins involved in winter sports and you need the best possible preparations to perform the best you can."

BOA chief executive Andy Hunt confirmed he had already received guidance from the International Olympic Committee on what would happen if SnowsportGB went into administration.

If the national governing body ceased to exist, it would cause entry problems with Fis, the international governing body for alpine, freestyle and nordic skiing and snowboarding.

"We're doing all we can to help SnowsportGB, to either get themselves into a position they are sustained during the Games but, if not, we have a contingency plan," he said.

"I will do whatever it takes to get the athletes to the Olympics. These athletes deserve to go to the Games, they're kitted out and they're going to get on the plane. In some cases some have already got on the plane.

"We've engaged with all of the athletes to give them reassurances, we felt that that was very important.

"We need to give them certainty that they will be going to Vancouver and we have endeavoured to do that."

However, many competitors are already looking to the future and fearing what will happen in the days after the Olympics, when the attention switches from winter sports towards London 2012.

"We have to hope that after Vancouver there is some extra funding from UK Sport to keep the momentum going because we need to sustain winter sports in this country," added Woodward.

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