Earlier this week it was revealed that Lydia Ko wanted even more of your hard earned taxes to further her professional career.
Joseph Romanos opines:
Sport New Zealand high performance chief Alex Baumann wrote to newspapers over the weekend, justifying a potential payout to Ko.
“We support athletes and teams from targeted sports who can win on the world’s toughest sporting stages,” he said.
“Lydia Ko meets our criteria and we’ll continue to work with New Zealand Golf to increase her chances of winning a medal in Rio.”
Baumann went on to explain that the application was lodged before Ko turned pro. But she turned pro last October, and the application hasn’t been withdrawn, so such an excuse is nonsense.
Ko knows she doesn’t need any financial support. That’s why she’s embarrassed. She declined nearly $1 million in prizemoney before she turned pro. It was obvious then money was never going to be a problem, and it hasn’t been since.
I guess the question is: why isÂ Sport New Zealand so keen to give its (our) money away to someone who so obviously doesn’t need it? Â Read more »