Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by British Gymnastics

  I would be grateful if you would please submit the following into your Committee's deliberations on the Staging of International Sporting Events.

  British Gymnastics has attempted, in the last 12 months, to stage a range of European and World events, and are experiencing difficulty with the host broadcaster BBC in obtaining their support for some of these events.

  BBC, or a host broadcaster, is now becoming essential with many of the international federations. In fact the BBC's world reputation enhances a country's ability to be successful in any bidding process. BBC's policy to not support many of the minor governing bodies such as British Gymnastics, is now becoming detrimental to our standing in the world when it comes to staging major events.

  The consequences of not being able to stage and televise major events on BBC is also detrimental to development, especially when we see the number of people who play tennis during Wimbledon week, and the number of people who wanted to take up ice skating following the success of Torvill and Dean.

  In addition, the current funding regime employed by the Lottery, where approximately one third of the total expenditure is available to support major events, is proving to be a significant financial burden on our Association. As obtaining sponsorship and TV are now proving to be very difficult, and our seated audiences are reducing, we have made considerable losses, even with substantial Lottery support, staging events during the last two years. This now places us in a situation where our ability to stage major events is greatly reduced.

December 2000

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