The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A British newspaper has claimed that around a third of the world's top athletes at a major event cheated by using drugs. A study carried out at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea in 2011 showed that 29-34 per cent of the athletes used performance-enhancing drugs in the previous 12 months. Reporters say that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) knew about the report but blocked its publication. The IAAF said there were many things wrong with the report. It is in discussions to help publish it.



The report is a huge shock to the athletics world. The newspaper said that a third of the medal winners in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships had very unusual blood readings. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it would investigate the claims in the report. An independent commission has already started work on this. The lead author of the report said that he and his colleagues were told not to discuss their research or the report. He said he thought that the IAAF and WADA "just blocked the whole thing".

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/33948924
  • http://espn.go.com/olympics/trackandfield/story/_/id/13439986/world-anti-doping-agency-investigates-ard-sunday-s-doping-allegations
  • http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=9019182


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

around a

a.

athletes

2.

the world's top

b.

12 months

3.

a major

c.

enhancing drugs

4.

cheated by

d.

third

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performance-

e.

publication

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in the previous

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event

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blocked its

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with the report

8.

there were many things wrong

h.

using drugs



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The report is a huge shock

a.

in the report

2.

medal

b.

races

3.

endurance

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discuss their research

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very unusual blood

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to the athletics world

5.

investigate the claims

e.

commission

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An independent

f.

winners

7.

The lead

g.

readings

8.

told not to

h.

author of the report

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A British newspaper has claimed (1) ___________________ of the world's top athletes (2) ___________________ cheated by using drugs. A study carried out at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea in 2011 showed that 29-34 per cent of the athletes used (3) ___________________ drugs in the previous 12 months. Reporters say that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) (4) ___________________ report but blocked its publication. The IAAF said there were (5) __________________ with the report. It is in discussions (6) ___________________.

The report (7) ___________________ the athletics world. The newspaper said (8) ___________________ medal winners in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships had (9) ___________________ readings. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it would investigate (10) _________________ report. An independent commission has already started work on this. The (11) ___________________ report said that he and his colleagues were told not to discuss their research or the report. He said he thought that the IAAF and WADA "(12) ________________ whole thing".





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

ABritishnewspaperhasclaimedthataroundathirdoftheworld'stopathl
etesatamajoreventcheatedbyusingdrugs.AstudycarriedoutattheWo
rldAthleticsChampionshipsinDaegu,SouthKoreain2011showedthat
29-34percentoftheathletesusedperformance-enhancingdrugsint
heprevious12months.ReporterssaythattheInternationalAssociation
ofAthleticsFederations(IAAF)knewaboutthereportbutblockeditspubl
ication.TheIAAFsaidthereweremanythingswrongwiththereport.Itisi
ndiscussionstohelppublishit.Thereportisahugeshocktotheathleticsw
orld.Thenewspapersaidthatathirdofthemedalwinnersinendurancera
cesattheOlympicsandWorldChampionshipshadveryunusualbloodre
adings.TheWorldAnti-DopingAgency(WADA)saiditwouldinvestigat
etheclaimsinthereport.Anindependentcommissionhasalreadystarte
dworkonthis.Theleadauthorofthereportsaidthatheandhiscolleagues
weretoldnottodiscusstheirresearchorthereport.Hesaidhethoughtth
attheIAAFandWADA"justblockedthewholething".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about athletics for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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