By JOSHUA ROBINSON and ALAN SCHWARZ
Published: September 5, 2008
Every nation, because of how sports programs and health-care systems are structured, has a different method of financing its national-team athletes for the Olympics and the Paralympics. A sampling:
FRANCE The national Paralympic sports organization, known as the Fédération Française Handisport, supports athletes by compensating their employers up to €1,200 per month (roughly $1,800) for time missed while training for major events. All 20,000 athletes under the organization’s umbrella also receive stipends of approximately $1,560 per year. No health insurance is provided because of France’s comprehensive national health care system. Medal bonuses are awarded by the individual sports’ national governing bodies.
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