- 06/21/2019 at 10:22 am #1177564EduGorillaKeymasterSelect Question Language :
Direction : In the following passage some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.
That the Asian Games in Indonesia saw mixed athletics make its debut is significant in more ways than one. A few decades ago, there would have been (6) _________ of disbelief at the concept of women racing against men, as was the case in Jakarta for the mixed 4×400 relay. Sports has a tendency to (7) _________ genders — the most glaring instance being the extra set men play in Grand Slams, ironically a sport that was among the first to adopt a mixed doubles category. The “two men, two women” relay at Jakarta broke a hardened (8) _________.
The Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will feature as many as 18 combined-gender events, including in some fields where a mixed gender pairing was deemed (9) _________, like 4x400m swimming, mixed judo, triathlon and three-on-three basketball. The rationale, according to IOC president Thomas Bach, is to make the Games “more youthful, more urban and include more women.” A total of 48.8 per cent of the Tokyo 2020 quotas will be female, a record, compared with 46.1 per cent at Rio 2016.
Bach claims mixed-gender events are the future of modern games, though it seems (10) _________ for now that men and women can play alongside each other in a team-game like cricket or football. There have been rare instances like England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor playing Grade A cricket matches with men in Australia, or the Australian medium pacer Zoe Goss playing in a Bradman charity match against the West Indies and taking the wickets of a young Brian Lara and Jeffrey Dujon. But at a more competitive level, it’s hard to see men and women share the field in the near future. But then, the future has a way of mocking the past.
Choose the appropriate word for (10).
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