IS THE SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES OPEN TO ‘AMATEUR’ ATHLETES?

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I pose this question because as far as I can tell, it appears most of the athletes in competition are professionals! Since tennis was re-introduced, golf and rugby are to stage a comeback in Rio 2016! Is there any such thing as an ‘amateur’ athlete anymore, or is everyone either on ‘wages’ or supported by corporate sponsorship? Is it simply that, to achieve ‘sporting excellence’, one must have pot loads of money in order to train full-time and to eat the right food? Of course, without money some amateur athletes with potential won’t ever make it to the Olympics. I guess the answer is, if you show early athletic prowess, you had better pick a sexy sport that will attract sponsorship! Is the richest athlete in the world, Usain Bolt still classed as an amateur?

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