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Letter: Bar professionals from the Olympics

US player Serena Williams celebrates beating US player

US player Serena Williams celebrates beating US player Christina McHale during the Ladies Singles second round match against Christina McHale of the United States on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2016 in London. Credit: Getty Images/ ADRIAN DENNIS

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

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


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