The Reading / Listening - Level 5

A damning report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has turned the athletics world upside down. It also called for lifetime bans for 10 Russian athletes. It claims that doping is prevalent throughout Russian athletics. The country could be suspended from international competitions if it does not acknowledge the claims and take drastic actions to address them. The report also says that doping in Russian athletics was state sponsored. Senior figures in the International Association of Athletics Federations will recommend that Russia be suspended from competitions.



Russian officials have hit back and called the report "groundless". Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the possibility of Russia being banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was "inconceivable". He stated: "I would not like to consider such an option. We have young sportsmen, for whom it will be their first Olympics." He added that" "Clean sportsmen should not suffer. They achieve their results by hard work." A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was no evidence and that the accusations, "appear rather unfounded".

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Sources
  • http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/10/russia-iaaf-facing-suspension-wada-doping-report
  • http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/no-evidence-of-doping-conspiracy-putin-s-spokesman-1.2652010
  • https://www.rt.com/news/321459-ioc-disciplinary-action-russia/


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.

A damning

a.

bans

2.

turned the athletics world upside

b.

of Athletics Federations

3.

It also called for lifetime

c.

report

4.

It claims that doping is prevalent throughout

d.

down

5.

take drastic

e.

from competitions

6.

state

f.

Russian athletics

7.

the International Association

g.

actions

8.

recommend that Russia be suspended

h.

sponsored



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Russian officials have hit

a.

an option

2.

the possibility of Russia

b.

evidence

3.

I would not like to consider such

c.

being banned

4.

sportsmen for whom it will be

d.

suffer

5.

Clean sportsmen should not

e.

unfounded

6.

They achieve their results

f.

back

7.

Putin said there was no

g.

by hard work

8.

the accusations appear rather

h.

their first Olympic

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A (1) ___________________ the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has turned the athletics (2) ___________________. It also called for lifetime bans for 10 Russian athletes. It claims that doping (3) ___________________ throughout Russian athletics. The country could be suspended from international competitions if it (4) ___________________ the claims (5) ___________________ actions to address them. The report also says that doping in Russian athletics was state sponsored. Senior figures in the International Association of Athletics Federations will recommend that Russia (6) ___________________ competitions.

Russian officials (7) ___________________ and called the report "groundless". Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the possibility of Russia being banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (8) __________________. He stated: "I would (9) ___________________ consider such an option. We have young sportsmen, (10) ___________________ be their first Olympics." He added that: "Clean sportsmen (11) ___________________. They achieve their results by hard work." A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said there (12) ___________________ and that the accusations, "appear rather unfounded".





ATHLETICS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about athletics in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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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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c)

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FREE WRITING

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

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