Track and Field—"The vast majority of athletes and officials are amateur in every sense of the word. However, when both athletes and officials get into international class they have necessarily to spend an increasing amount of time on their sport and many temptations exist.... A top-class miler in America can get $500 per appearance in the short indoor season while he is in form. Nobody in this country is able to make a living from [track and field]."
Golf—"The distinction between amateur and professional is real, and ought to be maintained.... The rules are strict and clear; and although in America there have been some doubtful cases, and one leading amateur is at present under suspension for having accepted expenses from his employer, the problem is no live issue over here."
Tennis—"No top-class player can be called an amateur.... The winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon can command up to £250 a week in subsequent tournaments."
Rowing—"Rowing is still a strictly amateur sport."
Show Jumping—"A top-class rider, certainly one owning his own horses, can earn his or her living from show jumping. On this basis alone it is impossible to classify it as an amateur sport."
Skiing—"Skiing is another sport in which the world-class performer is entirely professional.... During the season the top-class Continental skier is living entirely free and may also be given a small allowance by his national association."
In an essay of conclusion entitled "Straightening out the Line," Brasher reported his verdict:
"The difference between amateur and professional was only a social distinction of the nineteenth century. Now in the second half of the twentieth century such social distinctions have no place."
Brasher did not mourn "the loss of original amateurism," but jabbed a sharp pen at today's subterfuge and cheating.
"When a situation reaches this state it is obviously time for the laws to be changed.... The amateur in most international sports has ceased to exist. Let him be buried officially before the situation becomes more of a mockery than it is at present."