Modern organized sports developed in the 19th century, with the United Kingdom and the United States taking the lead. However, as the then-amateur sport became increasingly popular and competitive, attracting large paying crowds, teams in such areas found it difficult to attract and retain good players. Retrieved 29 July Development of Frisbee in Canada. Intrust funds were abolished, and the International Skating Union voted both to remove most restrictions on amateurism, and to allow skaters who had previously lost their amateur status to apply for reinstatement of their eligibility.
By the early 21st century the Olympic Games and all the major team sports accepted professional competitors.
Amateur Sports Organization Law and Legal Definition
Archived from the original on October 19, After the retirement of IOC President Avery Brundagethe Olympic amateurism rules were steadily relaxed, amounting only to technicalities and lip service, until being completely abandoned in the s In the United Statesthe Amateur Sports Act of prohibits national governing bodies from having more stringent standards of amateur status than required by international governing bodies of respective sports. On English overseas tours, some of which in the 19th century were arranged and led by professional cricketer-promoters such as James LillywhiteAlfred Shaw and Arthur Shrewsburya more pragmatic approach generally prevailed. In large keelboat racing, such as the Volvo Around the World Race and the America's Cup, this amateur spirit has given way in recent years to large corporate sponsorships and paid crews. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amateur sports. However, amateur golfers are far less known than players of professional golf tours such as the PGA Tour and European Tour.