UK Sport are set to hear representations from sports seeking to challenge their funding decisions for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo at the start of next week.
Each sport will have an hour to state their case to UK Sport, who announced a total investment of £345 million ($434 million/€411 million) to 31 Olympic and Paralympic sports for the next Games in December.
Four Olympic sports, archery, badminton, fencing and weightlifting, who had their funding cut entirely for the four-year cycle in November all intend to challenge the decision.
Table tennis, which also did not receive funding for Rio 2016, will make make a representation to UK Sport, after the British men's team reached the quarter-finals in the Brazilian city.
UK Sport did fund Para-table tennis for the Paralympic Games and will continue to provide support for their Tokyo 2020 campaign.
Goalball and wheelchair rugby are among three Paralympic sports hoping to successfully challenge the decision to lose their funding.
The final sport who will make a representation will be powerlifting, with their case relating to UK Sport’s decision to pass on the management of the powerlifting programme from British Weight Lifting to UKS’s subsidiary, the EIS.
They will appear in front of the UK Sport Board on Monday (February 6), with archery and badminton set to present on the same day.
Fencing, goalball, table tennis and wheelchair rugby will appear on Tuesday (February 7).
“We have had to make some tough decisions around investment for the Tokyo cycle,” a UK Sport spokesperson told insidethegames.
“This is not a reflection on the progress or commitment of any of the sports or athletes affected, it’s just a matter of us having to prioritise available resources towards those with the strongest medal potential as we focus on our aspirational goal to deliver more medals and medallists at Tokyo 2020.
“We are unable to comment further on the representations process while it is ongoing.”
Decisions could be reached by the end of February.
Should sports fail to convince UK Sport to provide funding, they would be able to launch a formal appeal to Sport Resolutions UK in a final effort to challenge the decision.
Badminton was a surprising omission from the funding list when it was announced after Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge claimed a bronze medal in the men's doubles at Rio 2016.
This exceeded the sport’s medal target for the Games, leading to UK Sport’s decision being criticised by Badminton England.
When announcing the funding for Tokyo 2020, UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl claimed they needed to prioritise to protect and enhance medal potential.
She stated the funding decisions “should not be interpreted as a criticism of past performance, progress or commitment of any of the sports or athletes affected”.
UK Sport set the British team a target of winning between 51 to 85 Olympic medals and 115 to 162 Paralympic medals at Tokyo 2020.
Britain finished second on the Olympic medals table at Rio 2016 with 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze.
The nation also finished second on the Paralympic table at Rio 2016 as well, securing 64 gold, 39 silver and 44 bronze medals.