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Esporte milenar, sumô está em decadência

Transcript

It might look comic but becoming a top sumo wrestler is not for the faint-hearted.

The sport, which is over 1,000 years old, requires extreme commitment: with gruelling training and an enormous diet.

But sumo is in decline.

Revenues are falling, audiences are dwindling and the sport, which was once an icon of Japanese pride, is now dominated by foreign wrestlers.

Transcrição em português

Parece engraçado, mas se tornar um lutador de sumô de primeira não é coisa para os mais fracos.

O esporte, que tem mais de 1.000 anos de idade, requer grande dedicação: com árduo treinamento e um regime alimentar intenso.

Mas o sumô está em decadência.

Arrecadações estão caindo, o público está diminuindo e o esporte, que chegou a ser um símbolo do orgulho japonês, agora é dominado por lutadores estrangeiros.

Vocabulary

comic - funny

faint-hearted - not brave or confident

gruelling - extremely tiring; physically exhausting

dwindling - becoming smaller in size or number

dominated - controlled

Exercise

comic / faint-hearted / gruelling / dwindling / dominated

1. Two Bristol students who tackled a __________ transatlantic rowing race have retired from the competition after more than three months at sea.

2. With the UK's gas and electricity market __________ by the "big six", the claim often made is that the industry is somehow rigged in favour of these companies.

3. India is home to around 25,000 elephants. Their numbers are __________ due to poaching and the destruction of their habitats by humans.

4. It is not surprising that we had to go to Britain's biggest aircraft hangar to see the world's longest aircraft. For the best view, we had to climb the world's scariest staircase too (safe of course, but not one for the ________).

5. John Uhler Lemmon III - known to the world as Jack Lemmon - was one of Hollywood's best-loved actors and a man who distinguished himself in both serious and __________ roles.

Answers

Source: Bristol rowers adrift in ocean end 96-day Atlantic race http://bbc.in/1e76jXp

2. With the UK's gas and electricity market dominated by the "big six", the claim often made is that the industry is somehow rigged in favour of these companies.

Source: Energy market: No quick fix to hugely complex issue http://bbc.in/1hY2GnJ

3. India is home to around 25,000 elephants. Their numbers are dwindling due to poaching and the destruction of their habitats by humans.

Source: Elephants killed by speeding train in India http://bbc.in/1lkhTUl

4. It is not surprising that we had to go to Britain's biggest aircraft hangar to see the world's longest aircraft. For the best view, we had to climb the world's scariest staircase too (safe of course, but not one for the faint-hearted).

Source: World's longest aircraft is unveiled in UK http://bbc.in/1loGFVi

5. John Uhler Lemmon III - known to the world as Jack Lemmon - was one of Hollywood's best-loved actors and a man who distinguished himself in both serious and comic roles.

Source: Jack Lemmon's complex talent http://bbc.in/1iUQ5Vr