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In response to criticism from the Welsh Commonwealth Games Association, with regard to lack of financial support fr...
In response to criticism from the Welsh Commonwealth Games Association, with regard to lack of financial support from councils across Wales, the WLGA sympathises with the team's situation. However, local authorities in Wales are constantly faced with the need to prioritise spending and, although of great importance, precedence lies elsewhere at the moment.

The Commonwealth Games is a national event and the WLGA believes that funding should be met by national means. Local authorities have a difficult role in balancing competing budgetary priorities.

WLGA spokesman Jeff Jones said:

'Local authorities support and invest in sport throughout Wales' communities; from grassroots initiatives such as sports development officers working within schools, through to the widespread provision of leisure facilities. Indeed, local authorities probably provide most of the training facilities used by the Welsh Commonwealth Games athletes.

'Unfortunately, as this criticism has been raised so near to the date of the event itself, there is very little that can be done at this stage. Had the Welsh Commonwealth Games Association approached the WLGA, as a national representative of the 22 local authorities across Wales, at an earlier stage there may have been opportunity to address this problem. The Welsh team has received funding from the Sports Council of Wales, but I am surprised that the team appears not to have received commercial sponsorship, as have other national teams.'

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