Taekwondo Athlete Starts Brothel To Fund Olympics Bid
March 15, 2012 by staff
Taekwondo Athlete Starts Brothel To Fund Olympics Bid, A taekwondo athlete who opened an escort agency to fund his campaign to compete at the London Olympics has succeeded in winning a place on New Zealand’s 2012 team.
Logan Campbell opened what he called “a high-class” agency in Auckland in 2009 to help raise the $250,000 he believed he needed to compete internationally to qualify for the London Olympics.
Prostitution is legal in New Zealand.
Campbell sold the agency a year later after the fundraising move was criticized by Taekwondo New Zealand and the national Olympic committee.
“At the time taekwondo wasn’t getting any funding at all,” Campbell said. “So it was pretty much to get good at the sport you had to get international competition and there wasn’t any funding for us.”
Campbell said that changed after the media got involved in the story.
Sponsors “started funding taekwondo and I didn’t need the escort agency anymore,” he said.
Campbell will compete in the under-60 kilogram class in London as one of three New Zealand taekwondo athletes. He finished in the top 16 in the under-58kg class at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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