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LONDON 2012: OLYMPIC GAMES FLAME LIT IN GREECE – Cloze test

 

CLOZE TEST

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.

 

LONDON 2012: OLYMPIC GAMES FLAME LIT IN GREECE

 

The flame for the London 2012 torch 0) __________ and Olympic Games has been lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece.

It was kindled by an actress playing a high priestess, who caught the sun’s rays in a parabolic mirror.

The flame went out briefly before being relit and transferred to the first torchbearer. The ceremony took place amid the Temple of Hera ruins, by the ancient Olympic Games stadium.

The flame flies to Britain on Friday 18 May for a 70-day run around the UK.

The flame – an Olympic symbol 1) __________ to represent purity because it comes directly from the sun – was placed in an urn and taken to the stadium where the ancient Olympic Games were held.

It was transferred to a Greek torch which then “kissed” the London 2012 torch of Liverpool-born Greek world champion 10km swimmer Spyros Gianniotis.

He began to run with it on the first 2) __________ of its week-long journey around Greece.

Our correspondent James Pearce reported that the flame briefly went out while being held in an archaic pot at the side of the stadium, but the ceremony passed 3) __________ without incident in a country battling political and economic turmoil.

Chairman of the London games organizers, Locog, Lord Coe, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos were in Olympia for the moment that marks the 4) __________ to London 2012.

Lord Coe told the BBC: “Today is the rallying call to the athletes – the best athletes of their generation – to come to London. That in itself is a big moment because it’s the biggest sporting event in the calendar.”

In his speech to assembled Greek and Olympic dignitaries and a crowd gathered on the slopes of the stadium he said: “We are reminded this morning of sport’s enduring and universal appeal, and the 5) __________ Olympic values that transcend history and geography; values which, I believe, in these challenging times are more relevant than at any time before and particularly to young people the world over.

In 1948, 6) __________ after the Second World War, my predecessor stood where I am today and made the first tentative steps in turning the world from war to sport.

We find ourselves in challenging times again and turn to sport once more to connect the world in a global celebration of achievement and inspiration.”

Mr. Rogge said that like the messengers in ancient times who shared news of the Olympic 7) __________ – the laying down of arms for the Games – “the torchbearers who carry this flame to London will 8) __________ the message of sport’s capacity to promote peace and to make our world a better place”.

He said: “We have come to the ancestral home of the Olympic movement to light a flame that will soon cast its glow over the entire world.

The flame that we kindle here, from the pure rays of the sun, is a powerful symbol of the tradition and values that 9) __________ our movement.

“It is a beacon for the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect… a symbol of fellowship and peace.”

However, while Olympic leaders gathered for the pristine ceremony on Thursday, the economic crisis has hit Greek sport and games preparation.

Some Athens 2004 venues have fallen into disrepair and the country’s athletics federation has suspended 10) __________ events amid severe national funding cuts.

Several international companies including BMW have stepped in to help fund the torch’s journey around Greece.

The Greek stage of the 2012 torch run ends at the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, on Thursday 17 May, where the flame will be handed over to London Olympic Games organizers.

Adapted from: Claire Heald © BBC 2012

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