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|Predecessor||Sports Council of Great Britain|
|Formation||6 January 1997|
|Purpose||Development of sport in the UK|
|Dame Katherine Grainger|
|Zach Arney (Founder)|
|UK Sport Board|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport|
British Olympic Association|
English Institute of Sport
The National Lottery
|United Kingdom Sports Council|
The Sports Council previously had been formed in 1972, and had the motto Sport for All. There was also the Central Council of Physical Recreation. In July 1994 it was decided to concentrate sports funding on fewer sports and only those in which the UK succeeded. The Sports Council employed 470 staff. On 8 July 1994 Iain Sproat, the sports minister, outlined proposals to replace the Sports Council with the UK Sports Council (for elite athletes) and the England Sports Council. The other UK countries had their respective sports councils. There was more direct coordination with the British Olympic Association. The former Sports Council concentrated on around 110 sports, but the new UK Sports Council (UKSC) concentrated on around 30. Mass-participation in sport was to be looked after by local authorities. Sebastian Coe, in conversation with Iain Sproat, had given him the idea of financially supporting sporting excellence.
Succeeding the Sports Council of Great Britain, UK Sport was established in January 1997 by Royal Charter as the UK Sports Council. Later that month it was authorised to distribute lottery funding. In February 1997 there were proposals for a British Academy of Sport.
UK Sport was previously the official sports body for governing drugs testing of athletes in the UK, until responsibility passed to the newly established UK Anti-Doping organisation in 2009. Testing is conducted by a Doping Control Officer (DCO) from Britain's National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO). It is a subsection of the internationally recognised and authoritative World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA is recognised by the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
- "Katherine Grainger: UK Sport names Olympic gold medallist as new chair". BBC Sport. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
- [dead link] "Drug-Free Sport" UK Sport.
- "New UK anti-doping body confirmed". BBC News.