A runner must leave the Olympics – level 3

09-08-2021 07:00

Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo after she accused team officials of trying to force her to leave the Tokyo Games early.

It happened a day after she refused her team’s order to board a flight home from the Olympic Games.

The athlete urged sports authorities to take action against her head coach who, according to her, stopped her from competing further in the Games. The standoff began after Tsimanouskaya criticizded how officials were managing her team, and she set off a massive backlash in state-run media back home.

The runner said on her Instagram account that she was put in the 4x400m relay even though she’d never raced in the event. She was then barred from competing in the 200 meters.

Tsimanouskaya said that the hoped to continue her career; however, safety remained her priority. She wants sports authorities to investigate who gave the order and who made the decision that she couldn’t compete anymore.

Difficult words: refuge (protection or shelter from danger or trouble), standoff (a situation in which neither side wins a competition or argument), backlash (a strong negative reaction by a large number of people).

You can watch the video news lower on this page.

What do you think about this news?


News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with News in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two news articles every day.
  2. Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the news from today without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.


Stock images by Depositphotos