Athlete wears a war symbol – level 2

15-03-2022 07:00

The World Cup in gymnastics took place in Doha, Qatar, and spectators saw a letter ‘Z’ on a Russian athlete’s shirt.

Ivan Kuliak placed the letter Z on his shirt in the place of the Russian flag. It shocked many people because the letter Z was a symbol of war, and Kuliak was standing next to a Ukrainian athlete who won a gold medal.

People first saw the symbol on Russian tanks moving toward Ukraine. Since that time, many people started to use the symbol to show that they agreed with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The International Gymnastics Federation started to investigate the incident, and it banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from all its competitions.

Difficult words: spectator (a person who watches at a show, game, or other event), invasion (when an army or country takes control of another country by force), investigate (to check something carefully, and to discover the truth about it).

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