An MP has slammed the British Olympic team - for being too posh.
Lynne Jones (Lab Selly Oak) said she was disappointed so many of Britain’s Olympic hopefuls came from independent schools.
And she claimed the 2012 London Olympics was failing to live up to promises that it would build “a peaceful and better world” by combatting discrimination in sport.
Dr Jones made the comments in an official House of Commons motion, also backed by high-profile London MP George Galloway (Respect).
It follows reports that a third of athletes from in Team GB for 2012 will have gone to private schools, even though fee-paying schools educate only seven per cent of the population.
The Government provided £2.4 billion for state school sport between 2003 and 2011, in an effort to get more state-educated youngsters involved in big sporting events like the 2012 Olympics.
But a survey by UK Sport found that 22 per cent of athletes hoping to compete in the games had been privately educated. And that figure is expected to increase as the athletes are whittled down to the 500 who will eventually make the team.
Top state-educated athletes from previous olympics include Tessa Sanderson, the British javelin thrower and heptathlete from the Black Country.
The motion says the House of Commons “expresses disappointment that the fine aspiration of Team 2012 to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind appears to have been dashed.”
Dr Jones called for sporting bodies to make more effort to look for talent in state schools.
She said: “Birmingham Royal Ballet ran an excellent scheme where they went talent-spotting in local schools.
“If we do the same with sports than we will tap into a greater range of talent and get the benefits in terms of more medals.”