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The Olympics, III


The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece and were held from 776 B.C. to A.D. 393.

The modern games began in 1896. The organizers revived the games to encourage world peace and friendship and to promote healthy sporting competition for the youth of the world.

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Business, Economics

23. What are the business or economic aspects of hosting the Olympics?

24. Who pays for hosting the Olympics in terms of stadiums, Olympic Villages, etc?

25. In your country, who sponsors Olympic hopefuls (athletes)? Does the government or do private companies sponsor Olympic athletes? Or do they sponsor themselves?

26. Who should sponsor Olympic athletes, themselves, cooperate sponsors, or the government?

27. Olympic champions can become very rich. Yes or no?

28. The Olympics have become too commercialized. Do you agree?

Politics, Nationhood

29. The Olympics is the most exciting and important event in the world.

30. The Olympics have become used for political purposes. The Olympics have become too politicized. Is this right or wrong? Can you give any examples?

31. The Olympics have fostered too much nationalism (or the Olympics have brought nations together). What do you think? If so, give examples.

32. Do you or your friends always root for your country’s team, or for your favourite athlete regardless of nationality?

33. Which countries win lots of Olympic medals? What’s their secret? Is there a secret of wining lots of competitions (gold, silver, bronze medals)?

34. Has your nation had a form of Olympics or major sporting competition in its tradition or history?


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