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UK Sport announced their funding allocations leading up to the Olympic Games in Rio this week, and personally I feel they got it wrong.

It is a very difficult subject to broach as it’s not easy to say how UK Sport should measure success and therefore allocate their funds.

Whether they should be putting more money into certain sports than others is something that is up for debate.

People have used the word legacy a lot since it was announced we were hosting the Games.

I think everyone should get a slice of the cake rather than putting all the money into the so-called bigger sports.

Boxing has had a big rise in their funding. They will get almost £14million leading up to Rio to try and emulate their huge success of the last two Games.

File photo dated 24/8/2012 of Great Britain's Martine Wright. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 19, 2012. Sitting volleyball player Martine Wright, a survivor of the 7/7 bombings, hopes private investors could be the answer after UK Sport's decision to cut all funding to the sport. See PA story SPORT Funding. Photo credit should read: PA Wire.

File photo dated 24/8/2012 of Great Britain's Martine Wright. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 19, 2012. Sitting volleyball player Martine Wright, a survivor of the 7/7 bombings, hopes private investors could be the answer after UK Sport's decision to cut all funding to the sport. See PA story SPORT Funding. Photo credit should read: PA Wire.

There are some sports that haven’t had any funding at all and some have had massive cuts to their allocated funds.

A prime example of this is Martine Wright, who tragically lost her legs in the London 7/7 bombings.

Martine lost 80 per cent of her blood as well, but recovered to take up sitting volleyball and competed at the Games this year seven years later.

You could argue that she is the most inspirational athletes around and to take her funding away is surprising.

Do these bigger sports really need a bigger slice of the cake than other, less popular and high profile sports?

At Scarborough Football Club we used to get a £100,000 fund from the F.A to fund the youth setup - the same amount that the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal got, and surely that’s right.

It is a difficult question though. There are two schools of thought here though. You could give all the money to the sports that have the best chance of success or you can do it fairly and give everyone the chance to improve.

You could argue that it’s not all about money anyway with some of these sports.

A lot of it will be about inner drive. How much time and effort these athletes put into their sport and how driven they are regardless of what money they have at their disposal.

The cream will always rise to the top no matter what money is available.

Moving from the issue of funding to the superb achievement of the England cricket team, who won their first Test series in India since 1985.

Fantastic result out there in India. Traditionally a very difficult place to go and not just because of the cricket.

It’s famous for the ‘Delhi Belly’ and being a very tough place to tour.

Ian Botham said they used to be camped in their hotel room for months on end in India, and that must take its toll.

I suppose things have moved forward a bit there and it’ll be more multicultural now, but it’s still a very tough place to tour and Alastair Cook deserves massive credit.

To go 1-0 down in India only to come back and beat them is outstanding.

We beat them at their own game with our spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann out-bowled their spin bowlers.

We batted better, fielded much better and just looked a better unit than the Indians.

Everyone who came in did their job superbly. Young Joe Root came in and did well and looks like he has the ability and temperament to be a good Test cricketer.

It was certainly an improvement from the summer when we were well-beaten by South Africa.

It sets the Ashes next summer up very nicely though.

You have to be impressed with the start Cook has made though and he must have been close to being on the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Reading FC fan Stephen Dempsey discussing their manager Brian McDermott: “Our manager appears to have buried his head in the sand, mumbling ‘We move on between mouth fulls of dirt.”

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

It was an easy one this week. The England cricket teams efforts in India would have taken some beating. Alastair Cook and his side were outstanding and deserve all the credit coming their way.

I’d like to pass on my condolences to the family of former Scarborough Athletic manager Brian France, who died last week.

I met him on a couple of occasions and you could tell he was a football man and his loss is a blow to the game.