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http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/going-to-delhi-a-chance-for-athletes-to-show-real-courage-for-once-20100924-15qhf.html

I am tempted to wholly agree, which is something I rarely do not do. But alas, my lawyerly instinct to qualify any statement no matter how blithe or obvious overcomes any desire I may have to reach consensus or build coalitions.

I completely agree on a values basis, then caveat by noting the practical considerations which athletes must face. For example, high class athletes can have their performance significantly impacted for several years after a bout of serious illness; their training routines must be absolutely perfect to compete against others whose routines will be perfect.

But saying that all just really goes to show Lisa Pryor’s main point. Which is that sport isn’t about those values of endurance or comraderie that people are always talking about. It is, in a very literal sense, about being the best that you can be, in the highly controlled, almost rarified environment of the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, both of which are supposedly not open to professional athletes.

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