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Old 09-10-2019, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Asuka View Post
Generally dictatorships aren't the best places to live in and would experience a talent drain to more open countries, unless of course the athletes are given incentives to stay there.
During the Cold War the Soviet bloc made emigration quite difficult. Athletes could try to defect when their teams were competing internationally, but that could have repercussions on their family left behind. And star athletes were given incentives in terms of better income, housing, and access to luxury items than regular folk (although they wouldn't be nearly as well off as they would in the West).