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Debate: Should Athletes Be Banned to Punish Their Countries?

Wimbledon, a prestigious tennis tournament, has barred Russian and Belarusian players from competing in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Some argue that keeping players from repressive countries out of competition is unfair. These athletes often disagree with their country’s policies and, they argue, should not be held responsible for the actions of its leaders. Others say that allowing athletes from countries with repressive regimes to compete in elite competitions confers status and legitimacy on the home country, and appears to validate its bad acts. Listen to former tennis champion Martina Navritalova share her thoughts on the Wimbledon decision and then debate: Should athletes be banned to punish their countries?


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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