Fair Games? Reading Answers
Fair Games? is a real Reading test passage that appeared in the IELTS.
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You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 14-27, which are based on the Reading Passage below.
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|Question number||Answer||Keywords||Location of keywords|
|14||E||while officially bidding only takes two years (for cities that make the shortlist), most cities can expect to exhaust a decade working on their bid from the moment it is initiated to the announcement of voting results from International Olympic Committee members.||Paragraph B;
|15||J||All of this can be for nothing if a bidding city does not appease the whims of IOC members – private connections and opinions on government conduct often hold sway (Chicago’s 2012 bid is thought to have been undercut by tensions over U.S. foreign policy).||Paragraph B;
|16||I||budgeting for the Olympics is a notoriously formidable task. Los Angelinos have only recently finished paying off their budget-breaking 1984 Olympics; Montreal is still in debt for its 1976 Games. The tradition of runaway expenses, London Olympics managers have admitted that their 2012 costs may increase ten times over their initial projections, leaving taxpayers 20 billion pounds in the red.||Paragraph C;
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|17||D||Despite the enthusiasm many populations initially have for the development of world-class sporting complexes in their hometowns, these complexes typically fall into disuse after the Olympic fervor has waned.||Paragraph D;
|18||B||Furthermore, since the International Olympic Committee favors prosperous “global” centers (the United Kingdom was told, after three failed bids from its provincial cities, that only London stood any real chance at winning), the improvement of public transport, roads, and communication links tend to concentrate in places already well-equipped with world-class infrastructures.||Paragraph E;
|19||TRUE||Despite the enthusiasm many populations initially have for the development of world-class sporting complexes in their hometowns, these complexes typically fall into disuse after the Olympic fervor has waned.||Paragraph D;
|21||FALSE||Another major concern is that when civic infrastructure developments are undertaken in preparation for hosting the Olympics, these benefits accrue to a single metropolitan center (with the exception of some outlying areas that may get some revamped sports facilities).||Paragraph E;
|22||TRUE||Perpetually bypassing minor cities create a cycle of disenfranchisement: these cities never get an injection of capital, they fail to become first-rate candidates, and they are constantly passed over in favor of more secure choices.||Paragraph E;
|24||TRUE||The “feel good” factor that most proponents of Olympic bids extol (and that was no doubt driving the 90 to 100 percent approval rates of Parisians and Londoners for their cities’ respective 2012 bids) can be an elusive phenomenon and one that is tied to that nation’s standing on the medal tables.||Paragraph F;
|25||TRUE||Greece’s preparation for Athens 2004 famously deterred tourists from visiting the country due to widespread unease about congestion and disruption||Paragraph F;
|26||C||One option is to designate a permanent host city that would be re-designed or built from scratch, especially for the task.||Paragraph G;
|27||A||Failing that, the Olympics could simply be scrapped altogether. International competition could still be maintained through world championships in each discipline.||Paragraph H;
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