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Friday, 2024-08-13

Amateur relics

You don’t have to be an amateur to compete in the Olympics anymore, but some restrictions remain. According to a radio show this evening, athletes can’t write a column or act as commentators for money.

Fair enough you might say. But the athlete who told us this is Stefan Holm, a high jumper competing on the Swedish team. He has an active home page/blog, which also has a lot of links to sponsors. If he wins a medal and writes about it in his own words, is he making money then? Could he be disqualified for that post?

No one knows. Understandably, athletes are reluctant to test the IOC on this matter. But with blogging gathering traction everywhere, someone, somewhere will post a ecstatic entry on his or her blog. Let’s hope it doesn’t cost them their medal.

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