Sport: A Question of Definition

The fire was still in aging (59) Avery Brundage's eyes when he got to London three weeks ago. Straight-laced Avery, boss of the U.S. Olympic Committee, glared at International Amateur Athletic Federation delegates from 23 nations and announced: "I am here under protest . . . the discussion of payments to athletes in my opinion is not consistent with amateurism and is out of order. ... I challenge these proceedings." The delegates squirmed a bit in their seats, then pigeonholed a proposal to pay athletes $4 a day during next year's Olympic games, to be held just outside London, †

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