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Session 17

Two undercover reporters have allegedly been offered a supply of illegal performance-enhancing drugs by members of world champion sprinter, Justin Gatlin's team. Dan and Catherine teach you how to use language from this news story in your everyday English. 

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News Review

Gatlin team doping allegations

World champion sprinter, Justin Gatlin and his team have been implicated in doping allegations as the result of an investigation by two undercover journalists for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

Language challenge

Allegations of drug supplying connected to world-record holder Justin Gatlin have been made by disguised reporters from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Which of these word combinations forms a word which means ‘disguised’?

a) overcover

b) undercover

c) underwraps

d) overhidden

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The story

Anti-doping officials are investigating allegations against two men linked to the world champion sprinter, Justin Gatlin.

According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper in Britain, the athlete’s agent, Robert Wagner, offered to supply performance-enhancing drugs to undercover reporters.

Gatlin’s coach, Dennis Mitchell, allegedly said doping was possible because the drugs used could not be detected. Both men deny the accusations.

Key words and phrases

deeply involved in a difficult situation

public report exposing the facts of a situation

sudden and unpleasant piece of news

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Language challenge - answer

b) undercover


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