Brazilian athletes and the Olympics – level 3

14-05-2024 07:00

Brazilian athletes, originally from Rio Grande do Sul, are sacrificing their Olympic dreams to help flood victims.

Rowers Evaldo Becker and Piedro Tuchtenhagen, set to compete, decided to assist in rescue efforts. Swimmer Viviane Jungblut, who had already qualified for the Olympics, withdrew to focus on recovery operations. World surfing champion Italo Ferreira and Brazil’s judo team coach, Antonio Carlos Kiko Pereira, also joined rescue work. Despite plans to relocate athletes for training, many stayed to help. Former Olympic athletes, including gymnast Daiane dos Santos and swimmer Nicholas Santos, volunteered.

The floods in Rio Grande do Sul have caused significant casualties and displacement. Although water levels dropped temporarily, more rain is expected, raising concerns for further flooding.

Difficult words: sacrifice (to give up something valued to help another person), displacement (the situation in which people are forced to leave the place where they normally live).

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What actions have Brazilian athletes, including Evaldo Becker, Piedro Tuchtenhagen, and Viviane Jungblut, taken in response to the floods in Rio Grande do Sul?


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