Olympic Games - Vocabulary

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word contextual meaning
amateur a person who does something without payment; not a professional
anthem an important song (usually national)
banned not allowed
broadcaster a person who talks (often about sports and athletes) on television or radio
compete to battle against another player
contestant person who plays in a game
controversy disagreement over an issue
doping using illegal drugs in sport
facilities buildings and places where events are held
fanfare a piece of music that announces an important arrival
host the country that holds the Games
humanity all people
medal a gold, silver, or bronze award given to a winner or runner up
motto a personal belief that one shares, related to life
nationality the country a person is from
oath a promise
participant someone who plays in a game
partisanship unfair judging (usually for political reasons)
postpone delay until later
preliminaries tryouts
purity total goodness
qualify achieve the minimum requirement
representative one person who speaks or acts on behalf of a team or group
security people who control violence or rule-breaking and provide protection
spectator a person who watches an event
sponsor(n) a company that gives an athlete financial support in exchange for promoting clothes or other products
spokesman a person (often an athlete) who represents a company in marketing or the media
sportsmanship fairness and honesty in sports
stamina having energy for a long time
standings a record of athletes' performances
struggle to work hard at something difficult
substitute an extra team player used in emergencies
swifter faster
symbol an image that represents something
torch a large flame on a stick
venue the place where an event is held
victory a win