Yes,the Olympics should be a purely amateur competition the way it once was.Originally the olympics were meant to be a way that countries to settle their differences without going to war.Now it is strictly commercialized where the person with the most money wins and also reaps the reward of their success.
Having purely amateur athletes in the Olympics takes corruption out of the competition. Professional athletes get big bucks back home and those same dollars drive the International Olympic Committee that loves to see the world's best athletes on the same stage for six weeks. Professional athletes won't go away because the IOC needs them to perform their best so people will show up and watch, in addition to billions of viewers at home.
No, the Olympics should not be a purely amateur competition, because people want to see the best athletes in the Olympics. The Olympics should not be a consolation prize for those who are not good enough to be professional athletes. Rather, when people watch the Olympics, they want to see the best in the world. Also, the Olympics should not be for only rich people who do not need the money to support their training.
While in a smaller world, the Olympics being a purely amateur competition would probably make sense, I prefer things to be simple. However, the Olympics have grown into a world wide competition and what better way to decide who goes other than picking the best. It can't be what it once was because not its global.
The Olympics have come a long way and many people hold it dear to their hearts. People should be allowed to train hard and have a goal set to get too. It helps teams get better and people to improve upon their passion in the sport of their choice during the time.