British Preparations for the 1920 Olympics
Following the trend of the Stockholm and Berlin Olympics, the amount of funding for the British team to compete at the Antwerp Olympics was determined by a public appeal. This appeal was launched via a British Olympic Association (BOA) statement in The Times on 31 January 1920, leaving just over six months for the money to be raised before the commencement of the athletics events in August. The appeal aimed to raise £30,000; a considerable sum, although far less than the £100,000 wanted by the 1916 Olympic appeal. When considering the shortage of time, the expendable money of the general population during a postwar recession and the number of wartime-related charities also bidding for money, the chances of raising the desired amount appeared to be slim from the outset.
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