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Subject: RE: NO MORE RABBITS IN ZURICH!!
Body: you keep talking about what should happen, what is fair
since when are sports not run like a business? since when are salaries fair? or life for that matter?
sure, maybe it doesn't seem right that bekele should get so much money $$$ ethically BUT i guarantee he puts people in the seats and sponsors at the table more than the unknown 12:55 kenyan guy
now what is fair?
Coach D, I totally and utterly disagree. Zurich will always be a great meet. I was there in 2004 and watched ElGuerrouj's last-ever loss. Great race. I think they were under 12 seconds at the 100 meter mark.
One of the basic problems of the financial side of track is the vast majority of the funds going to the very very top athletes such as Powell and Bekele. How much does the top hammer thrower get paid to show up? Probably not very much. Should the world record holder get US$50,000 to show up while a "common" 12:55 Kenyan get the goose egg? I don't think so, but this is what happens. What if the 12:55 guy has the race of his life and beats Bekele. Should Bekele still get his US$50,000? I don't think so.
One of the interesting things about the Zurich meet was that the fans in the cheap seats near the discus cage were going crazy for the discus throwers!
What the Zurich organizers are trying to do is create more of a level playing field for the athletes, and also try to make something more interesting for the fans.
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