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In 1992 the Olympic games ceased to exist as a peace oriented event where the competition and love of the athletes chosen sport was the focus It was then that the IOC International Olympic Committee decided to allow professional athletes to participate in the games and thus shifting the focus to money Big Deal I hear all too often the best athletes are professionals anyway That very well may be true but an amateur athletes inspiration is not money its the love of their sport and the desire to win A professional athletes desire is fueled by the size of their paycheck and they perform accordingly A case in point Yesterday the USAs Dream Team ugh comprised of professional basketball players the most coddled and overpaid group of individuals ever assembled IMHO had their asses handed to them by Puerto Rico Now by the name notoriety and average take-home pay one would assume the US basketball team is unbeatable but there it is on the first day a first class beating by an average team How could this happen the incredulous are asking Well its like this many of the first choices from the NBA declined for a myriad of reasons none said money but I have my suspicions Coach Larry Brown had ample time and opportunity to recruit our nations best team athletes but instead he opted for name recognition and individuals whose main reason for winning is their paycheck So why are Americans surprised that a team of lesser athletes won Along with bringing back amateur athletes to the Olympic games I also think the IOC needs to reexamine the subtle differences in the definitions of the words recreation and sport A sport can be a recreation but recreation is rarely considered sport and never should be considered so in Olympic terms ballroom dancing and badmitton come to mind I honestly believe the range of games has gotten way out of
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