Project 6060 – Lesson 39
They Could Have Been Better
Iranians are really interested in sport, and have been especially successful in individual sports like wrestling, weight lifting, taekwondo and judo. For instance, the record for the strongest athlete in the world is held by an Iranian weight lifter. Of course, they could have been even better than this, but for various reasons such as the scarcity of good facilities and trainers, unsuitable diet and other reasons, they haven’t been able to be more successful.
Unfortunately, until the last few years, Iranian athletes haven’t been able to establish themselves at international level in team sports. However, in the last few years, the government and sports organisations have invested in some team sports like basketball and volleyball and these sports have developed a lot. As a result of this investment and development, Iran’s national volleyball team is now one of the best teams in Asia and the world.
Because of the Iran-Iraq war and other reasons, there are a large number of disabled people in Iran and these disabled people take part in various sports. In international competitions, Iranian disabled athletes have been even more successful than non-disabled athletes. For example, every four years, these athletes take part in the Paralympic Games and win gold, silver and bronze medals, records and good rankings for Iran. The Iranian sitting volleyball team is the best team in the world in the history of the Paralympic Games and has reached the top position on a few occasions.
It seems that Iranian disabled athletes perform better in group sports and help each other to reach their targets and greater success.
Ils auraient pu être mieux
Podrían haber sido mejores
Translation of Dialogue 1
Maryam: What are you watching?
Nik: The Paralympic Games.
Maryam: What game is it now?
Nik: The sitting volleyball final.
Maryam: Between Iran and Bosnia?
Maryam: Which team came first last time?
Nik: Last time Iran could have won it, but were unlucky.
Maryam: I hope Iran wins it this time then.
Nik: Me too.
Traduction de Dialogue 1
Traducción de Diálogo 1
Translation of Dialogue 2
Neda: What does your brother do?
Arash: He’s in the disabled football team.
Neda: Is your brother disabled then?
Arash: Yeah, one of his legs is fake.
Neda: How did he become disabled?
Arash: He lost a leg in the war.
Neda: I’m sorry.
Arash: Thanks a lot.
Neda: Is his football good now?
Arash: Yeah, he’s the captain of the national team.
Traduction de Dialogue 2
Traducción de Diálogo 2