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dateline: 05 April 2017

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NHL Won’t Participate in 2018 Olympics

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • accommodation: a place to live or stay
  • disruptive: causing trouble and disorder
  • commissioner: the authority figure of an organization or group
  • compressed: shortened
  • fatigue: tiredness
  • negotiations: discussions in order to come to an agreement

NHL Won’t Participate in 2018 Olympics

The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced that players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics Games in South Korea. In the past, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had for the NHL players’ travel, accommodation, and costs, but has decided not to cover these costs anymore. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the break for the Olympics is disruptive and sometimes causes player injuries. The compressed in Olympic years also causes fatigue in players and can affect the outcome of the playoffs. Though the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) had stepped up to cover the NHL’s costs, the league declined and said negotiations were no longer on the table. Many of the players disagreed with the owners’ decision.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What announcement did the NHL make this week?
  2. Which organization offered to cover the costs to send NHL players to the 2018 Olympics?
  3. Why does the report mention player injuries?

Discussion Questions: Do professional athletes belong at the Olympics? Why or why not? Do you think NHL players will ever compete in the Olympics again?

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Written 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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