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08-08-2008, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Ola View Post
Or everyone are modern types of amatures. Because nobody is getting a check per say for competing in the Olympics. Especially not the hockeyplayers who don't got individual sponsors.

You know, every guy stepping on the ice in the Olympics don't get a cent for it. Everyone could stay at home and have a vaccation instead. Insteed they opt to play for free for their country.
Of course, but the same was true in the past and the pros were still not allowed even if they were willing to go to the games for free. As you mention though many "amateurs" were really getting paid by a sponsor which made this amateurism a big hypocrisy, as was "amateur rugby" in the nineties. I'm sure at one point Swedish hockey was in the same boat, supposedly "amateur" but in reality professional.

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