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dateline: 28 August 2012

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Lance Armstrong Gives Up Doping Fight

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • doping: using drugs to enhance performance in sports
  • innocent: not guilty
  • evidence: proof
  • testify: to speak the truth before a court
  • potential: possible

Lance Armstrong Gives Up Doping Fight

After years of investigations related to doping, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has his fight with the USADA, an American anti-doping agency. The world famous cyclist continues to that he’s innocent, but says that he no longer wants to fighting to prove it. The USADA says it has strong evidence that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs including steroids during his . The agency also says it has at least ten of Armstrong’s teammates who are willing to testify against him. Having given up the fight, Armstrong is now facing the potential loss of all of his titles, as well as a lifelong cycling competition ban. Armstrong believes the agency has no power to strip him of his titles. He says he is going to concentrate on being with his kids, staying healthy, and helping people with .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the USADA?
  2. What major decision did Lance Armstrong recently make?
  3. What does the report say about some of Armstrong’s teammates?

Discussion Question: Do you think an athlete who is innocent would give up a fight like this, or do you think this decision suggests that Armstrong is guilty?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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