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In the last four years the number of wheelchair rugby teams in the UK has risen from seven to 22, with new clubs in Norwich and Brighton set to come on stream in 2017, while GBWR has been at the forefront of burgeoning youth and spinal recovery schemes.

Pond said: “It’s not a huge amount of money we were asking for and what I’m really stunned by is why we’re the only Paralympics sport that’s had its funding cut to zero. If you’d taken a little bit of money from other major sports, it would easily have covered us.

“It seems UK Sport has gone down the road of chasing medals, but we only lost to Australia by two points in extra-time in Rio so I’m not sure how you can claim we are not sport worth backing. Instead, our programme is in jeopardy and we need to find £2m.”

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