Russia and the Olympics – level 1

23-12-2020 07:00

The World Anti-Doping Agency checks that athletes do not dope. To dope is when athletes take drugs which help them get better at a sport. These drugs are not legal.

The agency finds out that many Russian athletes dope at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. A laboratory in Moscow tests Russian athletes. The laboratory changes their results.

Russian officials know about it. It is a big scandal. A court stops Russian athletes from all sports events for four years.

Another court makes a change last week. Russian athletes can be at sports events. They cannot represent Russia at the next two Olympics. They cannot represent any country.

Many world athletes are angry. They think that Russian athletes must not be at the Olympics.

Difficult words: laboratory (a place where scientists check drugs and chemicals), scandal (an action or event which many people think is wrong), represent (to officially work or speak for a company or country).

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