The Olympic Games were once an amateur competition. I disagree with professionals participating.

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These young athletes have spent their lives preparing for the opportunity to compete. They should not have to share the spotlight with someone like Serena Williams, for example [“Serena at fault in shocking loss,” Sports, Aug. 10]. In basketball, golf and tennis we’ve watched these pros in venues where fans have paid high ticket prices. Let the true amateurs get their shot.

Eileen Gaeta, Commack