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London fails to secure funding to host volleyball tour

London’s hosting of the women’s beach volleyball world tour has been cancelled as Volleyball England failed to secure enough commercial backing.

The tour was due to stop over in London in August, however organisers fell short of funding despite seeing sell-out crowds for the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.

Volleyball England president Richard Callicott said: "We've lost the opportunity to capitalise on London 2012. There was too big a funding gap between expenditure and income."

The news follows UK Sport's decision to cut financial support for the indoor, sitting and men's beach volleyball programmes ahead of the 2016 Rio Games.