The U.S. Government I should help in part, I only if the Olympic I Committee is in great difficulty. There are two good things about the present system. First, public appeals for funds arouse public interest. Second, our Government's policy of not subsidizing athletics is basically sound.
This is an article from the Oct. 15, 1956 issue
JOSEPH P. KELLY
Commissioner of Motor Vehicles
State of New York
The Government really should help, but public subscription should continue. Some years ago, General MacArthur suggested an Olympic foundation, the interest to be used for the Games. I'd like to see a fund of $20 million. The Government could properly contribute a part of this fund.
U.S. Olympic Committee
No. The U.S. Olympic team belongs to the public. We want to keep it that way. In past years, the team has gone to the Games before the budget was balanced. Nevertheless, we have always been able to balance the budget later on and pay our bills. Government help would lessen public interest.
Olympic Fund Raising Committee
No. I like the present system where the public is privileged to contribute. We could, of course, go to rich individuals and get a lot of money. But isn't it better to have a million or more give their pennies, quarters and dollars? This adds a great deal of interest to the Games.
REV. J. WALSHE MURRAY, S.J.
Le Moyne College
Yes. Currently, the Olympics are on an uneven basis. I have often thought that the attitude of our officials is on the unrealistic side. To be truly realistic—to see what is really "there"—is to be sane. Sanity suggests federal completion of inadequate subscription funds.
Former Olympic swimming champion
Yes. It's ridiculous for the U.S. not to while others subsidize their athletes. Why can't we, the richest nation, pay the bare expenses of our athletes? That would help to eliminate some of the evil and deadwood in the AAU, which now has a monopolistic stranglehold on athletes.
J. GORDON BRIDGE
Director of Sports
Armed Forces Radio Service
Yes. A good proportion of our Olympic team is in the armed forces. The Defense Department has been subsidizing their training and interservice competition. It's logical to carry this program one step further and have the Government pay the expenses of all the team members.
New York Times
No. That would be an encroachment of socialism on one of the remaining outposts of free enterprise. The Olympics are idealism in purest form. Bureaucratic control would stifle them. They're sport, not an armament race. If the Olympics lose their true character, they should be abandoned.
JOSÉ HERRERA USLAR
Former Venezuelan diplomat
Where the program is very large, the government should help. My country is small. Help from the government is not necessary because public-spirited men are ready to help any worthy cause. As an example, I've brought 1,000 European children refugees to Venezuela for adoption.
COMMANDER EDWARD WHITEHEAD
President, Schweppes (U.S.A.), Ltd.
It's my misfortune to see two sides to every question. My country, England, and the U.S. are wrong. The truly democratic approach is that a man with necessary skill should be able to train and represent his country regardless of finances. State funds should be available.
No. If subscription turns out to be inadequate, gentlemen sportsmen should underwrite the Games. I believe we do that in Canada. If we don't, we should. Unfortunately, the Olympics are now country against country rather than amateurs competing for fun.
WARREN LEE PIERSON
Chairman of the Board, Trans World Airlines
No. Voluntary subscriptions are invaluable in promoting interest for the Olympics. A country as rich as ours can certainly raise enough money once every four years to train and send our fine young men and women to the Olympics. Where the Government contributes, it also controls.
PRINCE IGOR MESCHERSKY
New York Documentary film producer
No. From firsthand experience with the Communists, I know how the Reds operate. They are using the Olympics principally for world propaganda. It would be better for the U.S. to beat the Russian athletes with pure amateurs and voluntary contributions for their expenses.
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