Should countries pay for athletes to train for the Olympics?
Many of the athletes have full-time jobs and families and still need to train. They need to rent gym time, or a track or whatever else they need. Plus, they need new equipment and travel costs for different events (plus hotels and food for wherever they go).
One taekwondo athlete in New Zealand spent $110,000 of his parents’ money to go to the 2008 Olympic games in Athens. Logan Campbell figured he needed more money to go to the 2012 games.
So he opened a brothel.
Yes, you read that right. He opened a brothel. It’s legal to do so in New Zealand, but the New Zealand Olympic Committee has threatened to sue him if he keeps using an Olympic connection.
I think it’s a bit unfair. Sure, opening a brothel may be a bit extreme, but unless your name is Michael Phelps or Serena Williams or Usain Bolt (or if you’re a hot female American: I’m sure they have no trouble raising money). But many athletes struggle to make ends meet while going to the Olympics.
If the International Olympic Committee can make so much money off the Olympics, maybe they can afford to pay for athletes who want to go to the games. You can’t leave it up to the countries, because some of the richer ones would spend more money than some of the poorer ones.
It’s up to the IOC to step in and take care of this.
Level the playing field.