Friday, September 24, 2004

Am I missing something?

One of the reasons I really enjoy boxing at the Olympics is because it is the only sport that remains amateur. But I have to confess I was a little confused by the BBC website's article today which said the Amateur Boxing Assocation was offering him £70,000 a year to stay amateur. The article also contained the classic line from Lennox Lewis: "There is a lot of amateur money out there". Now, I'm sure Cuban gold medallists get special rations from Castro, just like Javier Sotomayor did whenever he won a world title or broke the world record at high jump. But what exactly does "amateur" mean if staying amateur brings commercial opportunities and tax free funding from Sport England?