©Kazunori Takishima via CNN
- prestigious /pre-STIJ-uhs/
- crush /kruhsh/
- attendance /uh-TEN-duhns/
- fascinate /FAS-uh-neyt/
- dedication /ded-i-KEY-shuhn/
[adjective] – very much respected and admired, usually because of being important
Delegates from Europe were present at the prestigious ceremony.
[verb] – to press something very hard so that it is broken or its shape is destroyed
The Irish chef crushed the garlic easily.
[noun] – the number of people who go to an event, meeting, etc.
Attendance at the concert was very poor.
[verb] – to interest someone a lot
The gymnast’s skills fascinated the judges.
[noun] – the willingness to give a lot of time and energy to something because it is important
His parents admire his dedication to his studies.
Takishima told CNN that he enjoyed the process of buying the tickets because he is passionate about the Olympics. The Japanese native, who had spent almost $40,000 on 197 tickets for him and his friends, figured that if he watched all the competitions he had booked, he would have broken the Guinness World Record for attendance at Olympics games. He has expressed his disappointment in the government and the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. “The decision for banning spectators was based on emotion rather than numbers,” he said. Takishima’s love for the Olympics started in 2005 after being fascinated by a figure ice skating competition.
The 45-year-old who works as a real estate businessman will get a refund on the tickets he has bought. “All I have now is sorrow; I cry every time I look at the tickets,” Takishima said. Despite being heartbroken, his passion still burns brightly as the Olympic flame, “I will continue to visit and support the Olympics until the day I die.” he shared. Takishima is certainly deserving of a medal for his unwavering dedication. The next Olympic games (2024) will be held in Paris, France.
- Have you been to the Olympics before?
- Do you know anyone who also bought tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
- If you were the head of the Olympics committee, would you have allowed spectators?
- Do you agree that the decision for banning spectators was based on emotion rather than numbers?
- What do you think of Takishima’s statement, “I will continue to visit and support the Olympics until the day I die.”