Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,059
Athletes forced to fly Qantas to get subsidy. What do you all think of this?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Feb 2014
Total posts 131
I think it's very wrong ... Myself being a Track athlete. There was a huge scene in America last year when a top athlete who was sponsored by New Balance refused to compete at the world champs because he would be forced to wear A Nike uniform if he confirmed his position on the team. A lot of athlete got behind him with a '#' supporting him...I know these things such as 'being forced to fly this airline'' doesnt sound like a major deal to the average person but in the world of 'sponsors' and these athletes are being paid to represent a company , it can cause them to lose the money that the sponsors are paying them. (top athletes in America are also sponsored by certain airlines)
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
Sponsorship has conditions.
If the peak body didn't have the sponsorship then there mightn't be a subsidy, or less athletes picked etc.
While I do have sympathy for athletic journeyman who barely eke out a living plying their trade - this is the world - a sponsorship doesn't come for free
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
Imagine being 'forced to fly Qantas', this evokes scenes of Mrs Petrov being forced up the gangway to that Super Constellation Moscow bound flight carrying her shoe that fell off in the scuffle. I can just see some protesting Athlete clutching their branded sports shoe trying to prove a point. Unfortunately sponsorhips are highly controlled.
BTW, Mrs Petrov was forced up to a 'BOAC' aircraft, I'm just drawing a literal comparison.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Aug 2012
Total posts 67
Oh my goodness, now Qantas are communists. This bashing is getting ridiculous. Qantas are putting up good sponsorship money for a sport that's not overly popular in Australia, they don't have to sponsor, but they do. It's perfectly reasonable for some conditions to be attached.
I would think supporting someone who supports you would only be reasonable?
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 234
I am fairly confident saying that QF doesn't charge 'normal' prices for these 'group bookings', as Keneally seems to suggest that the AOC just looks up fares on qantas.com and books flights that way!! lol
oh...btw..how funny that an MP is complaining about wasting money....thats the biggest laugh of all!!!
Member since 10 Mar 2011
Total posts 137
No problem with it at all. They pay money for sponsorship so they are entitled to get some benefit.
What I don't understand is why the athelete peak body won't do a random ballot to select thoes who will fly Business.
I see the Qantas logic and I also appreciate the peak body's desire for the transport subsidy to aid their finances.
But really, If I was the athlete, I'd rely on crowdfunding to pay for the ticket. If you pay for your own tickets to compete in the Olympics, is it tax deductible?
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