Is former IOC President Avery Brundage (1952-72) looked upon as a man that promoted "Shamateurism"?
What to make of Avery Brundage as he turned a blind eye towards state supported professional amateur athletes of communist countries USSR and East Germany (GDR)? At the same time he banned top skiers from being able to compete in 1972 Winter Olympics over fact they received money from endorsement deals promoting equipment.
He also defended his stand against commercialism and amateurism by saying just because communist countries fund their athletes and they don't need jobs this is part of their culture. He refused to say this violated the ideals of amateurism. It was very hypocritical at worst and naive at best.
Latter on other countries even in western Europe would follow suite with state sponsored athletes.
- lestermountLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Brundage was the typical rich guy who thought that only the rich part time athlete should compete in all sports.
He actually had the skiers cover the names of the makers on their skis at one Olympics.
I think it was pretty much universal that he was hated by all athletes, and most of the rest of the world too.
He set back open athletics for many years.
In the U.S. almost no one competed after college, because they had to get a real job to support themselves and their family.
- SmartLv 71 decade ago
Like J. Edgar Hoover, Brundage's reputation keeps getting worse with time. In his own time he was far from being universally reviled. Which explains why he kept getting reelected to the IOC Presidency. Eventually he became out of touch with the realities of the sporting community and had a detrimental effect on the Olympic movement. But to tell you the truth I don't think the IOC has ever had a president worthy of the position.