A British BMX racer who won gold had to crowdfund her Olympic bid because the UK cut her funding to support male competitors

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A British BMX racer who won gold had to crowdfund her Olympic bid because the UK cut her funding to support male competitors
Beth Shriever. Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images
  • UK Sport decided after the 2016 Olympics that it could only support male BMX riders.
  • So Beth Shriever launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2019 so she could join the Tokyo Games.
  • She won a gold medal on Friday.

A British BMX rider who won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday had to crowdfund to reach this year's games because the UK had cut funding to support the sport's male competitors only.

Beth Shriever, 22, launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2019 to raise £50,000 ($69,900) to help her compete in the Tokyo Games, as she does not receive funding from UK Sport, Sky News reported.

UK Sport had decided after the 2016 Olympics that only male riders BMX could be funded for the Tokyo Olympics, the BBC reported.

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Shriever had expressed fears in 2019 that the funding situation would mean she couldn't compete at the Olympics.

"My rivals who are all around the world are doing this full time and are funded, so I'm the only one who's not really getting much help," she said, according to the BBC.

"It is worrying and I don't want my dream to compete at Tokyo to be taken away just because of money."

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Transport Minister Grant Shapps told Sky News on Friday that he believes Team GB's BMX funding will "doubtless change" following after Shriever won.

"I don't know the specifics of [Shriever's] funding, but I do know that the way that the sports are funding is quite a kind of … they look for the winning sports and those are the ones they fund," he said.

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