LONDON: UK Sport, the UK’s high performance sport agency, has confirmed its medal expectations for sports for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For the Olympics it is targeting between 50 and 70 medals while, for the Paralympic Games, the range is between 100 and 140 medals. The ambition remains for Team GB and ParalympicsGB to secure a top-five position in the medal table at both Games.

A statement from UK Sport said:

After breaking into the top five of the Olympic medal table for the first time in The National Lottery era[1] at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Team GB has won 51 (Beijing 2008), 65 (London 2012), 67 (Rio 2016) and 64 (Tokyo 2020) medals.

ParalympicsGB has never been outside of the top five position of the medal table since the inaugural Games in Rome in 1960, and has been a top three nation since The National Lottery funding was introduced ahead of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

Over the course of the Paris cycle, UK Sport has invested £315 million of government and National Lottery funds across 53 Olympic and Paralympic sports, with a further £70 million channelled directly to 1,100 athletes in the form of Athlete Performance Awards.

This breadth of investment supports our commitment to continue the UK’s track record of winning in an almost unrivalled breadth of sports. In Tokyo, British athletes won medals in 18 Olympic sports and 18 Paralympic sports, the most of any nation ever. We also won Paralympic gold medals in 12 different sports, which was more than any other nation.  

Dr Kate Baker, UK Sport Director of Performance said: “GB currently boasts 41 current World Champions in Olympic disciplines and a further 61 in Paralympic disciplines, highlighting the immense talent across our sports.

“I’m incredibly excited to see all our athletes in action over the coming weeks and have every confidence we’ll see a fresh group of Team GB and ParalympicsGB stars emerge over the summer.

“We want to continue our streak of top five Olympic medal table finishes, but that won’t be easy. However, we’ve built a world class system with brilliant people which has been fantastically well supported by government and The National Lottery so I’m confident British athletes will write the next chapter of British Olympic and Paralympic success in the coming weeks.

Dame Katherine Grainger UK Sport Chair added: “Paris offers the hugely exciting prospect of our brilliant British athletes competing on our doorstep. It’s also the first Games on a European time zone since London 2012, and I have no doubt that the British public will seize the moment to unite and cheer our incredible athletes to victory.

“In recent years we’ve also seen some of our most successful athletes utilise their sporting platform to drive societal change on issues ranging from the environment to LGBTQ+ rights to mental health, to female body image, and so much more. Chasing the dream of winning an Olympic or Paralympic title is incredibly tough, so I’m especially proud of those who decide to go a step further and use their sporting success to make a difference in society.”

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