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- fateful /feyt-fuhl/
- opt /opt/
- outplay /out-pley/
- peril /per-uh l/
- bout /bout/
[adjective] having an important and usually negative effect on the future
The general made a fateful decision to send his daughter in the army.
[verb] to make a choice, especially of one thing or possibility instead of others
He opts to retire from Taekwondo because of his right leg injury.
[verb] to play better than another person or team
The defending champion was outplayed by a newbie.
[noun] great danger, or something that is very dangerous
Her life is now in peril after she became an eye witness.
[noun] a boxing or wrestling match
He is just an amateur boxer but he won three straight bouts unexpectedly.
The 32-year old yokozuna became a professional sumo wrestler in 2002 until he made it to the top in makuuchi division in 2004. In March 2017, he came to be the first Japanese-born wrestler that got promoted to yokozuna, sumo’s highest rank, after 19 years. However, his career was already in peril after holding a record of four consecutive losses in November’s Kyushu meet. Following his yokozuna debut with two consecutive wins, he lost eight bouts in a row marking the most undesirable run for a champion since sumo tournaments began in 1949.
True or False:
- Kisenosato Yutaka is a yokozuna for three years.
- Mitakeumi defeated Kisenosato in November’s Kyushu meet.
- Ozeki is the highest rank in sumo.
- Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler that got promoted to maegashira.
- Tagonoura is Kisenosato’s stablemaster.
- If you were Kisenosato, would you also retire after many consecutive losses? Why or why not?
- What kind of advice can you give to Kisenosato after retiring from sumo?
- In your opinion, when is the best time to retire from doing sports as a profession?
- Do you think sumo wrestling is a tough sport? Why or why not?
- What sport do you like the least? Please elaborate.
Express Your Opinion:
- “Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them-a desire, a dream, a vision.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
- “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.” – Billie Jean King
- “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph