Model Answer - IELTS (Task 2)

In many parts of the word there is continuous coverage of sport on television. Some people believe this discourages the young from taking part in any sport themselves.
Discuss this view and give your opinion.

In recent years sports programmes have become extremely popular. As there are local, national and international sporting events on a daily basis e.g. baseball games, the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup etc. the media is present at these events and ready to transmit the highlights to the world. In addition to regular media coverage there are sports channels that show sports around the clock.

Perhaps because sport programmes are heavily advertised, readily available and a form of entertainment, young people find it more attractive to watch sport than take part in it. In fact, many young people enjoy going to crowded stadiums to watch live events as well as to sports bars and cafes to view sports on the big screen. This time could be better spent actually being a participant rather than a spectator in a sport as a person benefits physically in the long run from exercising.

I do not however believe there is a direct relationship between watching and participating in sports. There are many young athletes who can be seen training hard and taking sports seriously as well as others who take this up as a hobby. This does not mean that they don’t also like watching programmes on television.

It is of course a good idea for young people to exercise their body and gain confidence from all the positive qualities sports have to offer. Perhaps seeing others on TV will actually motivate them to try a new sport or learn a new technique they might apply to their game.

Question taken from Cambridge IELTS trainer p.48
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