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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were delayed for one year because of COVID-19. The Olympics have only ever been cancelled during World War I and World War II. It is now looking like the 2020 Olympics will not be able to take place in 2021 either. If the event doesn’t take place in 2021, then it will be cancelled. The Olympic committee said they can’t delay it again.

Many people don’t think the Olympics will happen because the situation with COVID-19 has not become much better. Countries are starting to vaccinate their people. This will take a long time. The Olympics start in July and it doesn’t look like countries will be ready to send their athletes. Many countries are not allowing travel to other countries right now.

The Olympics have had another setback while trying to organise the event. The leader of the committee for organising the Tokyo Olympics was forced to resign. He made sexist comments against women that caused a lot of anger in Japan. He said that women do not stop talking. Many people were very angry. They think the Olympics should be about including everyone. He later resigned as the leader. Next, a woman was given his job. She now has to try and organise the Olympics even though it may not happen.

Difficult words

Delay (v): To make something late.

Committee (n): A group of people who are working towards one goal.

Athlete (n): A person who plays sports very often.

Setback (n): A problem that pushes back progress.

Resign (v): To lose your job, get fired.

Sexist (adj): Treat someone badly because they are a man or woman.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Delay A. Problem
 2. Committee B. Lose job.
 3. Athlete C. Late
 4. Setback D. A group.
 5. Resign E. Sports person.

True or False?

1. The Olympics have never been cancelled. T / F

2. It is okay to delay the Olympics for a 2nd time. T / F

3. Many people think the Olympics will be cancelled. T / F

4. The Olympics is supposed to start in the winter. T / F

5. The leader of the Olympics committee resigned. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Tokyo / The / delayed / 2020 / were / Olympics

2. a / This / time / will / long / take

3. in / start / The / Olympics / July

4. travel / countries / not / Many / allowing / are

5. setback / have / another / had / The / Olympics

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

LeaderEventHappen
AllowingCancelledTalking

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were delayed for one year because of COVID-19. The Olympics have only ever been (1)_____________ during World War I and World War II. It is now looking like the 2020 Olympics will not be able to take place in 2021 either. If the (2)_________ doesn’t take place in 2021, then it will be cancelled. The Olympic committee said they can’t delay it again.

Many people don’t think the Olympics will (3)___________ because the situation with COVID-19 has not become much better. Countries are starting to vaccinate their people. This will take a long time. The Olympics start in July and it doesn’t look like countries will be ready to send their athletes. Many countries are not (4)_____________ travel to other countries right now.

The Olympics have had another setback while trying to organise the event. The (5)___________ of the committee for organising the Tokyo Olympics was forced to resign. He made sexist comments against women that caused a lot of anger in Japan. He said that women do not stop (6)__________. Many people were very angry. They think the Olympics should be about including everyone. He later resigned as the leader. Next, a woman was given his job. She now has to try and organise the Olympics even though it may not happen.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you think the Olympics should be cancelled? Why or why not?
5. Should the Olympics be delayed again?
6. If the Olympics are cancelled, do you think Tokyo should host in 2032?
7. Are the Olympic games popular in your country?
8. Are the summer or winter Olympics more popular in your country?
9. Do you think it would be safe to have the Olympics this year?
10. Should athletes get vaccinations early so they can go to the Olympics?
11. Is the Olympics worth all of the money it costs?
12. What do you think about Yoshiro Mori’s comments about women?
13. Was it right to replace Mori with a woman?
14. Have any famous people in your country lost their job because of sexist comments?
15. Is sexism an issue in your country?
16. Do you think people in your country would get offended over Mori’s comments?
17. Do you agree that Mori had to resign?
18. Do people feel equal in the workplace in your country?
19. Should the Olympic committee wait until the last minute to cancel the Olympics?
20. What would you do if you were in charge of the Olympics now?