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State funding of elite athletes: Should the state financially support elite athletes?

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  • The government should fully shoulder the training for National Athletes because it can improve their resources like equipment, training location, nutrition, coaches, and basic necessities.

    Many athletes cannot fully focus on their sport because of having to raise funds for equipment and facilities to excel in that sport. This deprives time from their training and leads to stress which can pressure them too much, possibly even causing them to quit. An example would be Michael Martinez, who represented the Philippines during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He had his house mortgaged in order to earn more funds for his training due to lack of government funding and support. Without the necessary equipment needed to pursue their sports career, their training wont be able to bring them to the standards of competitions, nationwide or internationally. Angelica De Josef of Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association competed barefoot at the Palarong Pambansa 2012. This shows that the government must give more support especially to those of younger age by funding their facilities that will improve training and performance. This will affect their chances of bringing pride to our country, which will affect the other aspects of our economy.  The Philippine Dragon Boat Team’s athlete’s and coaches were not able to receive monthly allowances from the state funded Philippine Sports Commission which affected one of their international competitions because of poor training facilities before that occasion.

  • States Should Fund Elite Athletes

    Yes, states should fund elite athletes as those athletes tend to bring attention to the state as a whole. For example, before his tragic death, when Steve McNair played for the Tennessee Titans, his superb play brought attention to the city of Nashville, and it would not have been wrong for the state to reimburse him for this attention.

  • Elite atheletes can support themselves.

    Elite athletes are more than capable of supporting themselves through pay and sponsorships. While the government can compensate athletes if they are competing in the name of the nation, e.g. the Olympics, they should never use taxpayer money to financially support athletes who are more than capable of taking care of themselves.


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