David Edwards, the chief executive of British Ski & Snowboard, says that funding is specifically targeted to benefit athletes who stand the greatest chance of medal success.
"We would love Ben to have remained as a British athlete. However he chose to apply for a French licence last year and we did not consider it appropriate to interfere with his application," Edwards said.
"Our major source of funds now is UK Sport and their funding requirements are clear.
"Our funding comes from a variety of sources and often the source of the money has a major part to play in where that money is spent.
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