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Kiwi looks to pimp his way to 2012 London Olympics

AP , PARIS

Logan Campbell trains in Auckland, New Zealand, in July last year.

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A lot of women will have to have a lot of sex with a lot of men to get Logan Campbell to the 2012 Olympic Games.

To cut a long story short, Campbell is a New Zealand taekwondo athlete who has opened a brothel to finance his ambition of lifting an Olympic medal in London.

At the last Games, in Beijing, Campbell competed in the 68kg category only to be swept aside in the first round.

To do better in London, Campbell figures he needs roughly US$200,000 so that he, a doctor and a coach can travel, train and compete beforehand in Europe and Asia. Unlike last time, he doesn’t want his parents to foot most of the bill.

Hence his conversion to brothel-keeping. He has more than a dozen women handing over half their earnings to him.

Legally, Campbell is doing nothing wrong as New Zealand decriminalized prostitution six years ago and he sees himself as nothing more than a businessman.

“I’d feel worse selling cigarettes than doing what I’m doing,” he said this week.

“I run a real classy place, it’s not a third world country,” he added. “All the girls are over 20 years old, they are here of their own free will, they make more money than I do.”

“We supply everything for them, advertising, drivers, security, even condoms.” Campbell says.

New Zealand Olympic officials are making it clear that Campbell is unlikely to be selected for London as long as he stays in his current line of work.

The International Olympic Committee in a statement said it “generally does not comment on individual athletes whose actions are within the law. However, as a general rule, the IOC would expect athletes to be strong role models for the rest of society and for youth in particular.”

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