Originally Posted by pov
In fact it is the assertion that they do that is ridiculous. And obviously so. Is the country footing the bill for them? No. Are they there because their countries requested them to be? No. Do the players themselves see it as representing their countries? No. Are golfers representing their countries in PGA events?
It's like saying that Hollywood movies don't represent American culture worldwide, they only try to make money.
The same way an athlete represents his country whenever s/he competes in an international event.