Vietnam Offers Financial Incentive for Taekwondo Athletes
The Vietnamese government shocked the world by announcing monetary prizes for champions in TKD at the Olympics. The prizes are awarded per medal, ranging from 30,000-100,000 USD. This very capitalist method of rewards is quite out of line with the government's official Communist policies.
Vietnam blamed its below-standard performance on under-motivated athletes and inferior training coaches. Qualified coaches are also expected to see a pay raise on par with the skill-set they bring to the national team.