It started when the USA found to much competition in basketball and were getting beat, so the rules were relaxed to allow the best athletes in the world to compete in the Olympics instead of the best amateur athletes. I like a rule that is kicking around though that says a USA basketball pla
in the cold war era, the iron curtain countries used to field teams who were 100% amateur, but were all full-time government/army employees whose only duty was to be star athletes.
i don't know whether the chinese and north koreans are still doing it, though it wouldn't surprise me...
as long as stuff like that goes on, it's hard to tell the amateurs from the pros
What I detest are the inconsistent rules. Professional basketballers can compete in the Olympics but professional boxers cannot. How does that make sense? A runner cannot accept so much as a penny for competing and then Kobe Bryant gets to take part in the Games. Ridiculous.