IELTS Writing Topics | Sport and Leisure

IELTS Writing Topics | Sport and Leisure
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Arguments against Professional / Competitive Sport

  • Sport has become a business.
  • Professional sport encourages people to compete for money.
  • Many sports stars are only concerned about money and fame.
  • Some athletes take drugs in order to win at any cost.
  • Competitors are often selfish and rude.
  • They are not good role models for children.
  • All sports should be amateur.
  • Sports should be leisure activities rather than jobs.
  • People should do sporting activities for enjoyment and health reasons.
  • Taking part is more important than winning.

Arguments for Professional Sport

  • Professional sports are the same as any other business.
  • Many people are employed in the sports industry.
  • People should be able to use their talents to earn a salary.
  • Sports stars entertain millions of people.
  • Money is necessary to improve facilities and train athletes.
  • The level of professional sport is much higher than that of amateur sport.

Arguments for Competitive Sport

  • Competition is a natural instinct in humans.
  • In daily life we compete to get jobs or the highest grades.
  • Sports are a safe form of competition.
  • Competition is healthy because it pushes us to give our best.
  • Competitors and fans can release energy and aggression.
  • Supporters of teams feel a sense of belonging to a community.

Opinions about professional sport salaries are too high

  • Sports professionals earn too much money.
  • They do not provide a vital service.
  • Football players, for example, earn enormous salaries by simply kicking a ball.
  • We could all live happily without professional football.
  • Life would be difficult without doctors, engineers and other vital professionals.
  • Society does not seem to value these professions as highly as professional sport.
  • Sports salaries should be compatible with the wages most people earn.

Opinions about professional sport salaries are fair

  • It is fair that the best professionals earn a lot of money.
  • Sport is a multi-million-pound industry.
  • There is a large audience of sports fans.
  • Sports on television attract many viewers.
  • Sports stars have dedicated hours of practice to developing their fitness and skills.
  • Only the most talented among them will reach the top.
  • A sports career may only last 10 years.
  • Sports fans are willing to pay to support their teams.

Sport and Politics

  • Some people think that sport and politics should remain separate.
  • Governments are involved in the hosting of sporting events such as the Olympics.
  • These events attract investment and create jobs.
  • The Olympic Games are an advertisement for the host nation.
  • They attract huge numbers of visitors and sports fans.
  • Wealthy countries tend to hold these events.
  • Developing countries should be given the chance to become hosts.
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