I've been thinking about the role governments should have in sports, and I'm increasingly convinced that there is none: or almost none.
Currently, taxpayers are being coerced to hand over a big pot of money to super-highly paid sports bureaucrats who are busy attending international conferences in 5-star hotels, even as they get to (quite whimsically!) allocate funding to the sports of their choice. A feast! A delight! Pick, choose. Pick, choose. Enjoy 5-star hotels. Nice!
The whole thing is a massive racket.
I don't see why taxpayers should fund sports.
Let parents and private sponsors do that, and let sports sponsorship by governments be limited to finalising the list of those who will represent the nation, and funding the airfares of those selected.
The figure below shows what the Australian Institute of Sport spent ($310 million) on the recent Olympics campaign.
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