Glasgow to Host Gymnastics Championships

June 16, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. host (v.) [hohst] – to provide services and resources for a specific event
Example: I bought table napkins because I will host the party tonight.

2. gymnastics (n.) [jim-nas-tiks] – a sport involving exercises that test the body’s strength, flexibility, quickness of movement, balance and beauty of form
Example: Standing using one’s hands is one skill required in gymnastics.
3. arena (n.) [uh-ree-nuh] – a central area surrounded by audience seats and used in holding events such as sports
Example: The athletes gathered in the arena to begin the competition.

4. under construction (idiom) uhn-der] [kuhn-struhk-shuhn] – in the process of being built or repaired
Example: We cannot cross the bridge because it is under construction.

5. outbid (v.) [out-bid] – to offer a higher amount of money as payment than another person
Example: The millionaire outbid the actor who also wants to buy the painting.

Read the text below.

The city of Glasgow in Scotland is set to host the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships for the first time in history.

The event will be held in Scottish National Arena which will remain under construction until 2013. The arena, which is worth £127 million, can hold 12,500 people including the 525 gymnasts from 80 countries who will participate in the competition. Scotland is expected to earn 5 million pounds during the ten-day event.

Thrilled by this news, Glasgow’s city councilor Gordon Matheson said that winning the bid to host the competition proves his city remains to be one of the world’s top sporting location. Glasgow outbid Orlando and Paris, two cities known for their long history of hosting sporting events.

Glasgow City Council won the bid with the help of UK Sport, Event Scotland and British Gymnastics.

Jane Allen, head of British Gymnastics, claimed that the support from Glasgow citizens will give the team great advantage. The British Gymnastics team needs to win in The World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in order to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2016.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         How can citizens show support for sport events hosted by their cities or countries?
·         What international sport event would you want your city to host?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think some countries spend big amounts of money in order to host a sport event?
·         How do cities or countries benefit from hosting a sport event?

June 16, 2011