When we think of professional sports, we instinctively think of soccer players, tennis players, or Formula 1 racers. Some of them make millions of dollars a month. As a result, the phrase “professional athletes overpay” comes naturally. Still, it’s not completely true, even completely wrong. If you look closely, many disciplines still bring almost nothing to athletes practicing professionally. Of the 400 French athletes who participated in the 2016 Olympic Games, 4 out of 10 will pay 500 euros per month for their representative activities, as explained in this article by Le Pointe in May 2016. Received less than.
In short, we let you discover 10 areas to put you on a straw if you get serious about it. To be honest, sticking to football, that’s a good thing.
As you can imagine, canoeing is not the most popular sport in France, and professionals inevitably suffer from canoeing. Emily Fair, the first French gold medalist and 2013 world champion at the 2012 London Olympics, explained it well. Her achievements do not bring her a delicious evening meal. With no support from sponsors or federations, the income from canoeing is equivalent to a small job, and I suspect that sportswomen may be forced to end their careers several times to enter the world of work. I did.
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you oppose this sport. As they say, it’s better to endanger your life in Formula 1 “Live Fast, Die Young”.
Fencing is considered a big town sport due to its expensive licenses and equipment, but in principle it’s Laura Fressel and this sport won’t attract the masses unless it’s retrained in politics.
Astrid Guyart, World Deputy Champion of the Foil Team in 2013, works as an engineer in parallel with sports, but training takes up almost 100% of the time and is not very practical. The same is true for Alex Fava, who is considered an “amateur” sportsman despite having won four French championships and has participated in the European and World Championships. There is a great deal of time invested in training, but these high-level athletes are not paying and are financially difficult.
3. Long sprints, especially hurdles
As you can see across this top, athletics is a very special sport and can enrich celebrities (eg Lavillenie), but it can confuse others.
This was the case for Pharaana Calsis, the European champion of the 4x400m relay and the silver medalist of the 400m hurdles. The athlete explained that she was a part-time sales representative for Decathlon and her monthly salary was € 700 because her sport couldn’t meet her needs.
Whenever we think of the field of athletics (and it’s not the last), heptathlon, we think of Kevin Mayer, but not everyone is a world record holder and everyone else is the same. It may not be housed in the sign.
This is the case, for example, with Gael Querin, who is part of the French Decathlon team and has participated in several European and World Championships. His sports practice spends more money on him than he earns. Travel, equipment, training time, these are less than his total salary and it costs him to prepare for the Olympics. For example, 175,000 euros. Part of the amount was covered by the federation, but he still had to pay 5,000 euros and had to raise money for donations.
If badminton is very popular in Asia, it is not so popular in France, which is reflected in athletes’ salaries. In 2014, France’s No. 1 Brice Leverdez had to call for donations to raise money for the season, especially with the goal of attending the 2016 Olympic Games. His six titles of the French champion weren’t enough to fund his place at the Olympics, so heading for his masses.
6. Table tennis
You’re going to say I deliberately choose a sport that everyone is disappointed with, but that’s exactly why these poor professional athletes are struggling to finish the end of the month.
This is true even for highly developed ping pongs in Asia, such as badminton, but less developed in France. In 2018, a female team of French table tennis players earned about the minimum wage a month after hours of training (obviously, men earn a little more than women, even if the total isn’t crazy for women either. I’m out). Audrey The Reef, one of the French team’s table tennis players, explained that she had to pay for travel, accommodation and meals herself. Frankly, at this price, you should give up all the principles and do a bad job.
You guessed it, I’m also curling in France, so I’m not paying the masses (for example, unlike Canada, where sports are very well developed). In 2020, a player from the French team Raphaël Mathieu explained that he could not support himself in the practice of curling. The lack of sponsorship, and the lack of private funding, means that there is not much to gain in this sport in France, even if the cost of the competition is borne by the federation.
The last discus of athletics we are trying to tell you, the discus. Take, for example, the Olympic silver medalist and only 20 French champions, Melina Robert Mélina. In all her titles, Melina earned about 1300 euros a month, so I’m well aware that it’s not an astronomical amount, especially if you’re the mother of two children.
€ 1300 was earned by her being an employee of the French Athletics Federation and does not include the bonuses she can receive in her various titles, but far from the salary of a soccer player. ..
9. Water polo
In 2016, former captain of the French water polo team, Michael Bodega, explained that he was unable to make a living in sports and will leave the French team for Italy. In fact, in Italy, professional water polo players can expect to earn 10,000-45,000 euros a month, compared to about 2,500-4,000 euros for players on the French team. We can certainly live in it, but we haven’t bought a Ferrari with it here.
10. Hockey (on ice and outdoors)
The last sport on this list. This is also a very popular sport in North America, but not at all in France. In 2020, the French field hockey team was very close to the Olympic qualifying, but all the members that made it were considered amateur athletes and, in most cases, worked in parallel. After all, it’s a less informative choice.