Lessons in the "Sport" Category

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

This year’s FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil between the 12th June and the 13th July. There are 32 teams taking part in the 20th World Cup. It is the second time Brazil has hosted the Cup, the previous being in 1950.

There are 12 stadiums being used to stage this year’s World Cup. The venues include Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Recife, Manaus and Curitiba. The opening match will be played at the Arena de São Paulo in São Paulo. The final will be played in the famous Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Category: Football / World Cup / Brazil 2014

Should Qatar host the World Cup in 2022?

Should Qatar host the football World Cup in 2022? It is a debatable point…

FIFA has been under pressure to re-run the vote on who should host the 2022 World Cup after new allegations of corruption. The Qatar Bid Committee has however, denied any wrongdoing following recent reports of corruption in The Sunday Times. The newspaper alleged Mohamed Bin Hammam, a former FIFA executive member for Qatar, made payments totalling US$5 million (£2.98m) to football bosses to secure support for the bid.

Category: Sport / Football / World Cup

Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

Today, let’s talk about the Winter Olympic games that are being held in Sochi in February 2014. It will be the first time the Russian Federation will have hosted a winter games. Sochi, population 400,000 is situated in Krasnodar, which is in the third largest region in Russia.

Snow is already covering the mountains. There’s lots of it down by the ski jump. February is the best time for snow in the resort. Metrologists have warned that rather than a lack of snow, avalanches and poor visibility are potential problems for the games that begin on the 7th February and end on the 23rd February.

Category: Sport / Olympic Games / Sochi 2014

CrossFit - The new fitness sport

Today, let’s talk about CrossFit. This is a structured, sport-specific programme that includes; running, biking, swimming, and rowing. It can also include Olympic lifts, powerlifting, gymnastic movements, as well as other activities.

CrossFit allows one to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness. It is defined as that which optimises fitness. It is also an effective way to get fit. Anyone can do it but you need to be sports oriented! Like with most sports, progression is the step to going forward. Most Crossfitters have a program to follow and a trainer to assist them.

Olympic Games 2020 – It’s Tokyo!

Tokyo has won the race to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The Japanese city beat Madrid and Istanbul after what turned into a thrilling finish. The decision took place at the 125th session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires. Tokyo was always the strong favourite but there had been concerns over the Fukushima nuclear power plant and the radiation leakages.

Category: Olympic Games / Tokyo 2020 / IOC

Looking back at the Paralympics – London 2012

Did you watch the Paralympics that were held in London recently? I did - but oddly many of my students surprisingly did not.

Like many other Brits I watched the opening ceremony, which like the Olympic Games opening ceremony I thought was breathtaking to watch. Entitled ‘Enlightenment’ - it featured the actor Sir Ian McKellan and Professor Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and author. Both played their parts in the theatrical and musical extravaganza that was inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. Thousands of umbrellas were used that typified the British weather.

Category: Sport / Paralympics / London 2012

The Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Did you see it? The Olympic Games opening ceremony – live from London. ‘The greatest show on earth’ proved to be exactly that. It was breathtaking! The event was unveiled to the world at 9pm BST on Friday 27th July. The London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony was watched by an estimated billion TV viewers. Danny Boyle’s 3-½ hour epic showpiece made compulsive viewing.

Category: Sport / Olympic Games / London 2012

The Olympic Games – London 2012

The countdown to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London continues. Final preparations are being made. The excitement is building. The Olympic flame continues its journey around the UK. Giant Olympic rings have been unveiled across the UK including at Tower Bridge in London.

Athletes are moving into the Olympic Village that will become home for more than 17,000 athletes during the games. Athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees are expected to take part. Billions of people are expected to watch the opening ceremony on TV on Friday 27th July that will be broadcast live from London at 9pm.

Category: Sport / Olympic Games / London 2012

Wimbledon 2012

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It is considered by many to be the most prestigious. It is one of the four Grand Slam Tennis Championships. The other three Majors are the French Open, the Australian Open and the US Open. Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass, the game’s original surface, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.

Category: Sport / Tennis / Wimbledon