UK Sport has performed a U-turn and agreed to fund basketball to the tune of several million pounds - less than two months after ruling the sport would not have a penny towards its Olympic programme.
However, several other Olympic sports, including table tennis and indoor volleyball, will remain with zero funding following their appeal to UK Sport. Volleyball's performance director said the sport will have to withdraw from the world championships, and is now seeking legal advice.
British Basketball had mounted a high-profile campaign after being told in December its funding was being cut from £8.6million to zero. It even mobilised its most famous player, Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng, to write to Prime Minister David Cameron pleading for funding to be restored.
Wheelchair fencing has also been successful in an appeal - the awards for both it and basketball will be on a one-year conditional basis, with the next three years' funding released only if they meet strict performance criteria.
Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, told the Press Association: "The two sports that were successful had new, recent information that was compelling, and changed our view about their medal potential for 2020."
Nicholl said the money would not be diverted from elsewhere, but would make it more risky that projected income from Lottery sales would cover all of UK Sport's outgoings. "It is a reasonable risk but we would not want to go any further," Nicholl added, confirming basketball's allocation would run into millions of pounds.
Table tennis, indoor volleyball, sitting volleyball and wrestling will still receive zero funding despite pleas for a re-think. UK Sport will, however, look again at the award it has made to women's beach volleyball, to provide more support for the one pair that already receive some funding.
Weightlifting and powerlifting had also appealed for a funding increase but that was rejected. Kenny Barton, British Volleyball's performance director, said the body would now be forced to withdraw teams from the world championships.
He told the Press Association: "We will now be seeking legal advice. We will now have to withdraw from the world championship and probably get fined for that as well. As things stand I'm the last man in the office and will probably have to turn the lights out.
"They cut the head off the chicken with this and I am disappointed for British sport, not just volleyball."