That global market in talent

Polly keeps telling us that there really isn\’t a global market in talent. That people here in the UK just use that as an explanation for widening inequality, an explanation that simply isn\’t true.

Britain risks losing its top coaches to rival countries keen to restore their national pride in London 2012, Olympic chiefs gave warning yesterday amid concerns over funding for elite sport.

Basking in the glory of 19 gold medals, and 47 in total, the Great Britain team is aware that its record haul since 1908 has focused attention on the performance directors in the leading sports of cycling, sailing and rowing. Yesterday Gordon Brown promised that everything would be done to ensure the medal success at Beijing was exceeded in London.

However, Lord Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), urged the Government to waste no time in underwriting the full four years of funding so that individual sports could plan to improve on their performances in London.

“A lot of our performance directors have really delivered so it’s not going to be surprising for their phones to be ringing. We have some of the best in the world – there will be many other countries who will want to poach them from us,” he said.

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