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The British Ski and Snowsport Federation, that trades as Snowpsort GB, has been unable to solve its financial problems. It is now in administration. Contingecy plans have been put into place to ensure the athletes can compete at next week's Olympic Games.

It provides coaching and funding for British skiers and snowboarders and comes as they are about to compete in The Winter Olympics.

To many observers the news is inevitable after the financial problems it suffered last year and recently.

The British Olympic Association has said that the 14 skiers and snowboarders selected to represent Team GB will be able to compete at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

In addition the BOA will ensure that the athletes and their accredited coaches and support personnel have the resources and logistical support necessary to compete at their highest level in Vancouver.

In order to do this, the International Ski Federation, FIS, has endorsed the BOA's move to mobilise a current dormant subsidiary company, "Team GB Ltd", to act as the National Governing Body for Ski and Snowboarding.

In this capacity, Team GB Ltd will trade under the name of BSS, British Ski and Snowboarding, and will ensure that FIS registration and FIS race entries continue for all accredited athletes without undue disruption.

There are worries about what will happen after the Olympics are over but the BOA promises a hard look at the situation and says any new organisation will be more athlete focused.

zoe_gillings_default.167One of Britain's medal hopefuls, Zoe Gillings, is taking a positive view.

"It's been a difficult time for a lot of snowsport athletes, and I'm very hopeful that this will be a very positive step forward for skiers and snowboarders alike. With the Olympic Winter Games just around the corner, this is welcome good news," she says in a statement issed by the BOA.

See this related PlanetSKI story for all the background to the problems and interviews with athletes and their support teams.

It has undoubtedly hindered the athletes as they have prepared for The Vancouver Games but according to the reassuranc given they willl be able to compete.

There were worries that they would not be able to.

"The BOA's role is to provide services for its member sports and represent the interests of the athletes.  It is with great regret that one of our governing bodies has gone into administration, particularly at such a critical time for our Olympic Team. The National Olympic Committee has immediately sought to implement a solution to this dilemma," says the BOA chairman Colin Moynihan.

"The athletes and coaches can rest assured that we will work around the clock to support them and help ensure that those involved in the sport can find the best possible structure for it going forward."

We will bring you further news and reaction when we get it here on PlanetSKI.

Away from the financial problems see this related story as many of the athletes arrive at the British preparation camp in Calgary.

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