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Tokyo Olympics: UK team will not have medal goal, says British Olympic Association Chef de Mission Mark England Olympic Games News


Britain won 67 medals including 27 gold at the Rio Olympics five years ago and finished third in the overall medal standings at London 2012, but the British Olympic Association chef de mission said that ‘there would be no target set for the Tokyo Games.

Last updated: 06/11/21 8:28 am

Mark England says there will be no medal goal for the GB team after tumultuous year due to Covid-19

Chef de mission Mark England said the British Olympic Association will not set a medal target for the GB team at the Tokyo Games because the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out too many competitions to get an accurate picture of the competitiveness of athletes.

UK Sport, the body responsible for investing in Olympic and Paralympic sport, set a target range of 54 to 92 medals in February 2018, before the health crisis virtually wiped out international competition.

“We haven’t set a medal target and we won’t,” England said.

“I don’t think UK Sport will either. The last 12 months have given young athletes the opportunity to grow stronger and compete.

“But it is very obvious that no data on the competition in terms of position in relation to our main competitors around the world is really there.

“We only have scraps of time and qualifying time.”

Great Britain won 67 medals, including 27 gold, at the Rio 2016 Olympics, to finish second behind the United States on the table. They finished third in London in 2012 in London with 65 medals, including 29 gold.

The Tokyo Games, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to begin on July 23.

Tokyo Olympics: UK team will not have medal goal, says British Olympic Association Chef de Mission Mark England Olympic Games News

Helen Glover and Polly Swann of Great Britain celebrate on the podium after winning gold at the European Rowing Championships

Helen Glover continues remarkable comeback with the selection of the GB squad

Two-time Olympic champion Helen Glover will team up with Polly Swann in the women’s duo, as the British Olympic Association announces the 45 rowers who have been selected to compete for the GB team in Tokyo later this year.

Glover and Swann are two of 24 women selected, with 21 men also chosen to compete in the Olympics. In total, there will be 37 Olympic debutants alongside eight returning Olympians.

The 34-year-old’s return to the sport comes after a period of four years. Glover, who is now a mother of three with twins aged two and one, has been undefeated in international racing since before 2012.

“That’s what I was aiming for when I first came back,” said the two-time Olympic champion. “I sincerely thought it was an impossible mission at this time last year, but I always had that day in view.

“I am really proud to be here and to have been part of the Olympic team.

“The thing that I am most proud of is the way I have handled family life,” she added.

“I am amazed that it turned out like this and I want to thank my husband Steve, my family and everyone at British Rowing for their support.”

Tokyo Olympics: UK team will not have medal goal, says British Olympic Association Chef de Mission Mark England Olympic Games News

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