Learn English with the News – Climate Could Present Danger to Athletes at Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics are always a monumental moment for sports, for the global community and for anyone involved. This year, however, proves to have quite a few challenges, such as the more recent COVID-19 pandemic and but also the less recent problem we’ve been facing of global climate change. Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises !!

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Climate Could Present Danger to Athletes at Tokyo Olympics || Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Climate Could Present Danger to Athletes at Tokyo Olympics || Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Climate Could Present Danger to Athletes at Tokyo Olympics || True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.


Full Text:

Intense heat and high humidity could pose a serious risk to athletes at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, according to a new report. The report found that the average annual temperature in Tokyo “has increased by 2.86 degrees Celsius since 1900, more than three times as fast as the world’s average.”

The Olympics are due to run from July 23 to August 8, when Japan usually experiences its highest annual temperatures. When Tokyo last hosted the Olympics in 1964, it did so in the cooler month of October.

Some events at the upcoming Summer Games have already been moved away from Tokyo amid heat concerns, including the marathon, which will take place nearly 500 miles north of the Japanese Capitol in Sapporo where temperatures are expected to be much cooler.

The study details how events such as the triathlon, the marathon, tennis and rowing could be adversely impacted by hot conditions. It also provides advice to athletes on how to cope with competing in the heat, as well as warning how the climate crisis could derail sporting events in the future.

Hot and/or humid environments can represent a risk to the performance and health of spectators, officials and athletes, whether by sunburn or cognitive impairment, heat exhaustion or collapse from heat stroke.

Organizers have previously published an overview of plans to minimize the risk of heat on all participants at the Tokyo Olympics. This includes preparing venues so that individuals remain as cool and hydrated as possible, providing accurate weather forecasts, and supplying information on how to mitigate heat risks as well as treating any resulting symptoms.


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