Russia and the Olympics – level 2

23-12-2020 07:00

After the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the World Anti-Doping Agency found out that many Russian athletes took banned drugs. Russian officials knew about the doping and a Moscow laboratory changed the results.

A court banned Russia from all sports events for four years. Then last week, another court changed the ban. Russia cannot use its name, flag, and anthem at the next two Olympics and at any world championship in the next two years. Russian athletes can compete, but they cannot officially represent Russia. Their uniforms will say ’neutral athlete’.

Many athletes are angry because they say that this is not a real ban of Russia.

Difficult words: doping (when athletes take drugs which are not legal in sports and they make them better at a sport), laboratory (a place where scientists make experiments and they study drugs or chemicals), anthem (an official song of a country), neutral (when you do not take a side in a competition).

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