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Basketball chief 'confident'

British Basketball on Wednesday said it was "confident and optimistic" after presenting its case to UK Sport in an appeal against funding cuts.

UK Sport in December announced that basketball would receive no money during the Olympic cycle ahead of the 2016 Rio Games, having been funded to the tune of 8.6million ahead of London 2012.

After Wednesday's meeting, British Basketball performance chairman Roger Moreland said: "We would like to thank the board of UK Sport for giving us this opportunity to present our case.

"We have believed all along that we have a strong and compelling case for basketball and we are grateful for all the fantastic support we have received so far.

"We will wait to hear from UK Sport before making a decision about a formal appeal but we feel confident and optimistic about the outcome after today's presentation."

Since UK Sport's announcement, British Basketball's cause has received widespread support, with the likes of Sir Clive Woodward, NBA commissioner David Stern and Patrick Baumann, head of world governing body FIBA, speaking out on their behalf.

This week, NBA All-Star and Great Britain international Luol Deng wrote to Prime Minster David Cameron to protest against the funding cut, while an online petition on the government's website is nearing 13,000 signatories.