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dateline: 10 November 2015

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Russia Accused of State-Supported Doping Program

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • doping: the use of performance-enhancing substances by athletes
  • cover-up: an intentional act of hiding the truth
  • corruption: cheating and dishonest behaviour by people in power
  • bribery: the offer of money or goods in exchange for information or illegal behaviour or goods
  • compliance: the act of obeying rules or guidelines

Russia Accused of State-Supported Doping Program

A 10-month investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has uncovered “disturbing” evidence of doping in Russian sport, according to a report released this week. Bribery, cover-ups, and the of athlete samples are examples of corruption outlined in the report. The report implicates Russian athletes, doctors, workers, anti-doping agencies, law enforcement and the federal government. of the report recommend the suspension of the Russian federation from the 2016 Olympic Games until Russia can prove its compliance with anti-doping rules.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What has WADA been investigating in the past ten months?
  2. Who is named as a source of corruption in Russian sport besides athletes?
  3. What recommendation did the authors of this report make?

Discussion Questions: One of the authors of this report reminded the press that coaches and trainers often tell athletes that they must either participate in a doping program or quit the team. How do you feel about this comment?

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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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