Partie 6 : La vie au quotidien

Chapitre 64 : Sports

Sports competition, page 134

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an event
a sportsman
a contestant
a substitute
a ref, a referee
a jersey
a venue
a field, a pitch
a grandstand
to host
to score
to dodge
to retire
to catch up with
to rank
a crushing defeat

Performance-enhancing drugs are an illusion. I wish I had never gotten involved with steroids. It was wrong. It was stupid.

In sports, people reach their peak very early. You have to move on. I don’t know if I will ever surpass what I did at the Olympics, but I’m still doing the work I always wanted to do.

Indoor and outdoor sports, page 134

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football, soccer
a rugby player
the kick-off
a scrum
a try
a three-nil victory
the umpire
on clay
a hurdle

Football is a gentleman’s game played by ruffians, and rugby is a ruffian’s game played by gentlemen.

The tennis ball doesn’t know how old I am. The ball doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman or if I come from a communist country or not. Sport has always broken down these barriers.

Food for thought, page 135

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  1. Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. (George Orwell)
  2. The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back. (Steve Garvey)
  3. I know when I have kids, when I’m older, I’m going to encourage them to play sports because I think it teaches you a lot. It teaches you discipline, teamwork, and that there’s really no “I” in team. (Gregg Sulkin)
  4. The sport of horse racing which, at its best, showcases the majestic beauty of this animal and the athleticism of jockeys, has reached an alarming level of corruption and exploitation. (Tom Udall)