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Tokyo To Host 2020 Olympic Games

dateline: 10 September 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • bid: an offer
  • campaign (verb): to work in a group with the goal of convincing people to vote a certain way
  • slogan: a phrase used in advertising
  • host: to organize an event and receive guests and participants
  • IOC: International Olympic Committee
  • retire: to leave one’s job, usually due to age

Tokyo To Host 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo beat out and Istanbul this week, winning the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan’s capital city campaigned with the words, “the Olympics will be safe in our hands”. Its official slogan will be Discover . Tokyo hosted the Summer Games in 1964, and will be the first city to host the Games more than once. The city was also to host the Games in 1940, but the event was cancelled due to World War II. Before the 2020 Olympics, the world will watch the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. IOC president Jacques Rogge, who announced the 2020 city, will be retiring this week.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Tokyo win?
  2. Why does the report mention World War II?
  3. What is the IOC president going to do?

Discussion Question: While people in Tokyo are overjoyed by the news, many Japanese residents who have been displaced by the Fukushima nuclear disaster think Japan’s money and effort should be spent on tsunami damage. What are your thoughts on this argument?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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