The Reading / Listening - 2020 Olympics - Level 2

There will be more mixed-gender events and women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said mixed-gender events would be in archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be mixed relays in athletics and swimming. Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC that: "It's something that would make things a little bit more fun….It's great to mix things up from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are great to watch."



There will also be more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. Spokesman Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful, more urban and include more women". Not everyone wants the new events, especially urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These are to try and get more young people to watch the Games. The newer sports means there will be fewer athletes in traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. There will be more women competing in Tokyo. Women will make up 48.8 per cent of the athletes.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    2020 Olympics - Level 0 2020 Olympics - Level 1   or  2020 Olympics - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/40226990
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/10/olympics-2020-mixed-gender-events_n_17022720.html
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/mixed-gender-events-added-2020-olympics-154410553.html http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003752925


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. more mixed-gender events
  2. table tennis and
  3. mixed
  4. Olympics swimming
  5. make things a little
  6. It's great to
  7. it adds a little
  8. mixed events are
  1. bit more fun
  2. spice
  3. and women
  4. great to watch
  5. triathlon
  6. champion
  7. relays
  8. mix things up

Paragraph 2

  1. There will also be
  2. the Games will be more
  3. Not everyone wants the
  4. urban sports
  5. get more young people
  6. traditional events like
  7. There will be more women
  8. Women will make up 48.8 per cent
  1. of the athletes
  2. like skateboarding
  3. youthful
  4. weightlifting
  5. more sports
  6. competing
  7. new events
  8. to watch the Games

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ mixed-gender events and women at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said mixed-gender events (2) ___________________ archery, athletics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and triathlon. There will be (3) ___________________ athletics and swimming. Olympics swimming champion Adam Peaty told the BBC that: "It's something that would make (4) ___________________ bit more fun….It's great to (5) ___________________ from what they've been for so long as it adds a little spice and [mixed events] are (6) ___________________."

There (7) ___________________ more sports at the Tokyo Olympics. Spokesman Thomas Bach said the Games will be "more youthful, (8) ___________________ and include more women". Not everyone wants (9) ___________________, especially urban sports like skateboarding, 3-on-3 basketball, sport climbing and BMX freestyle. These (10) ___________________ get more young people to watch the Games. The newer sports means there (11) ___________________ athletes in traditional events like weightlifting and wrestling. There will be more women competing in Tokyo. Women (12) ___________________ 48.8 per cent of the athletes.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therewillbemoremixed-gendereventsandwomenatthe2020Tokyo
Olympics.TheInternationalOlympicCommittee(IOC)saidmixed-ge
ndereventswouldbeinarchery,athletics,judo,sailing,shooting,swim
ming,tabletennis,andtriathlon.Therewillbemixedrelaysinathleticsan
dswimming.OlympicsswimmingchampionAdamPeatytoldtheBBCth
at:"It'ssomethingthatwouldmakethingsalittlebitmorefun….It'sgreat
tomixthingsupfromwhatthey'vebeenforsolongasitaddsalittlespicea
nd[mixedevents]aregreattowatch."Therewillalsobemoresportsatth
eTokyoOlympics.SpokesmanThomasBachsaidtheGameswillbe"mor
eyouthful,moreurbanandincludemorewomen".Noteveryonewantst
henewevents,especiallyurbansportslikeskateboarding,3-on-3baske
tball,sportclimbingandBMXfreestyle.Thesearetotryandgetmoreyou
ngpeopletowatchtheGames.Thenewersportsmeanstherewillbefewe
rathletesintraditionaleventslikeweightliftingandwrestling.Therewill
bemorewomencompetinginTokyo.Womenwillmakeup48.8percento
ftheathletes.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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