Scotland politics

Daily question: How will the referendum result affect Scottish sport?

As the people of Scotland weigh up how to vote in the independence referendum, they are asking questions on a range of topics.

In this series, we are looking at those major questions and by using statistics, analysis and expert views shining a light on some of the possible answers.

Here, we look at what might happen to Scottish sport after a "Yes" and a "No" vote.

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BBC news website users Frazer Wright, Barrie Mann, George Findlay, Bill Millan and Alastair Jack all ask sports related questions.


Would an independent Scotland compete at Rio 2016?

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The first big sporting event an independent Scotland could compete at would be the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Scottish athletes could choose between Team GB and Team Scotland for the 2016 Olympics, according to a report released earlier in the year.

It also concluded that there were "no obvious barriers" to Scotland competing at the Rio Olympics.

However, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sir Craig Reedie, believes Scotland would first need to gain membership of the United Nations and the Scottish government's timetable for independence was too tight for this to happen before the Games.

If we do see Team Scotland at the Olympics, based on the recent record they would perform well; Scottish athletes helped win 13 - or 20% - of the 65 medals claimed by Britain at the London Olympics in 2012, despite only making up 10% of Team GB.

In terms of medal prospects, London 2012 gold medallist Andy Murray said he would compete for an independent Scotland.


What about the Tartan Army?

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Scotland's football fans, known as the Tartan Army, might be wondering what would happen to their team after a "Yes" or a "No" vote.

Scotland is already independent in the eyes of Uefa and Fifa, so either result would probably lead to business as usual - highs, lows, and glorious defeat.

However, if it's a "No" vote, there has been some suggestion that could jeopardise the future of separate Scottish and English football teams.

This idea has the backing of some at Fifa, and John Prescott joked about it on the referendum campaign trail.


Could Scotland still host The Open?

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The R&A, based in St Andrews, is the ruling authority for golf (outside of the United States and Mexico) and decides which venues will host the UK's Open championship.

It has confirmed The Open would definitely be played at St Andrews in 2015 and Royal Troon in 2016 regardless of the referendum result, but it didn't speculate any further.

However, the Scottish government said: "Of the nine venues on the currently established Open rota, five are in Scotland and we have worked closely with the R&A to establish consistent arrangements to prepare, deliver and maximise the opportunities from future Open Championships in Scotland.

"Scottish independence will not change that."


What about funding?‬

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At the moment, Scottish athletes receive about 10% of UK Sport's World Class Performance Programme, which is worth about £125m a year.

However, they also have access to UK-wide facilities, coaching and medical and scientific support, which is harder to put a value on.

Scottish sports minister, Shona Robison, said Scottish athletes would not be disadvantaged by independence, explaining that the country's sports men and women would have access to a "fantastic new velodrome [pictured above] and a fantastic new sports arena" in Glasgow as well as a new £25m performance centre for sport in Edinburgh.

However, badminton player Imogen Bankier, who represented Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Britain at the 2012 Olympics, said she preferred the status quo, and was concerned for sports funding in an independent Scotland.


What have Scottish sports figures said about the debate?

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Sir Alex Ferguson is against independence: "Eight-hundred-thousand Scots, like me, live and work in other parts of the United Kingdom," he said, adding: "We don't live in a foreign country; we are just in another part of the family of the UK."

Former Barcelona player Steve Archibald is for independence: "Scotland really need to take control of our own destiny, the Scots have more than enough about us to run our own country."

And Andy Murray is keeping tight-lipped: "You need to figure out what's best for the country and then come to an opinion. I don't think you should judge the thing on emotion, but on what is best economically for Scotland."

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