Some athletes borrow money to fund their training, others depend on supportive families. Logan Campbell has opened a brothel.
Campbell, 23, a New Zealand taekwondo champion who finished in the top 16 in the featherweight division at the Beijing Olympics, turned pimp after his funds dried up and he feared he was in danger of missing the Games in 2012.
The Beijing campaign cost more than $93,000, most of which came from his parents, he told the Sunday Star-Times newspaper. His father, Max, an auctioneer, worked two jobs to get him to Beijing and Campbell said he was sick of being a burden on his parents.
He is hoping that the new venture, in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, will earn him the $187,000 he needs to be a serious medal contender in London. He was beaten in Beijing by the eventual bronze medallist, Sung Yu-Chi of Taiwan.
Campbell, who has taken time off from training to run his "high-class gentleman’s club," insists he is not really a pimp.
"When people think of a pimp they think of a guy standing around on a street corner with gold chains. Pimps are more tough-type guys. I’m an owner of an escort agency," he said.
Licensed prostitution is legal in New Zealand, but Campbell’s sport’s national organization, Taekwondo New Zealand, was unenthusiastic about his venture. It said it would be taken into account when he was being considered for international competitions.