dilluns, 5 de desembre de 2011

Student A: Sports: if you really want to win, cheat

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 In which sports are there most cases of cheating? How do people cheat in these sports?

Tell your partner about famous cheatings in sport:

1. At the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, Spain was stripped of its gold medal in intellectual disability basketball after it was discovered that 10 of the 12 competitors for the winning team were not disabled. The athletes had not been given the required mental tests and The Spanish Federation for Mentally Handicapped Sports had deliberately chosen to sign up athletes who were not intellectually disabled in order to “win medals and gain more sponsorship.”  

2. Dora Ratjen was a German athlete who competed in the 1936 Olympics in the High Jump. Not much of a story really, except for one thing: Dora was actually Hermann, a man who was coerced by the Hitler Youth into tightly binding his genitals and competing against women. The German Olympic team struggled in the previous Olympic games, and so it was thought entering a man here and there on the women’s side of things might remedy the situation. But German men couldn’t even beat the women of other countries, as Ratjen finished fourth, failing to medal.  

3. Steroids are much in the news of late, with Major League Baseball facing a juicing crisis, but you have to go back more than twenty years to a time when steroids really first went mainstream. The Olympics have a long history of athletes using anything they can get their hands on, but it all came to a head in the 80′s with Ben Johnson being stripped of his gold medal that he won in the 100m sprint.  

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