Leading figures question the basketball legacy from London 2012

Last Updated: 24/07/13 12:03pm

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Sky Sports News looks to see if the London 2012 Olympics have left any grassroots legacy in the capital?

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Basketball is one of many sports to have experienced difficult times in the aftermath of London 2012.

Although the Olympic competition played to packed houses throughout the Games, the arena in the Olympic Park was dismantled last autumn and shipped to Brazil where it will be used in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The sport also lost its £8.5m Government funding before seeing it partially restored - a £7m reprieve based on strict performance criteria.

The turmoil has left those involved in running the sport bemused and questioning the idea of an Olympic legacy.

"There's been no impact at all at grassroots level in this sport certainly. I'd like to see more acknowledgement on the ground, at grassroots level," said Brixton Topcats coach Jimmy Rogers.

"There is enough money, but it's not being spent where it should be and where it would have most impact in terms of more participation."

Rogers was also highly critical of the decision to sell off the Olympic basketball arena.

"The fact that there was one and it's been taken down is an absolute scandal," he added.

"There isn't a first-class basketball facility in London, basketball only - there isn't one."

Meanwhile, British Basketball Chairman Roger Moreland raised concerns over the future of the sport in the UK.

"If you want us to grow you need to expose our young players to the highest level of competition," he said.

"Without that they don't have any chance of competing at this level. Why pull that opportunity away?"

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