This house regrets the professionalisation of the Olympics
Through most of the 20th century the Olympics allowed only amateur athletes to participate and this amateur code was strictly enforced. After 1972 these rules were increasingly relaxed, and eventually abandoned in the 1990s. Those who practised a sport professionally were considered to have an unfair advantage over those who practised it merely as a hobby, and the amateur was considered a purer practitioner of the sport.
An amateur is someone who takes no financial remuneration for their participation in a sport, including salary and sponsorship.
A professional takes financial remuneration, which may include a salary and/or sponsorship.