IELTS July 2017 Essay: International Sporting Events. (Useful for PTE)

This topic is useful for PTE candidates as well. Don’t miss this Australia aspirants.



Many people want their country to host an international sporting event. Others believe that international sporting events bring more problems than benefits. Discuss both views and state your opinion.

IELTS = 40 minutes, 250 words at least.

PTE = 20 minutes, 200 to 300 words.


Introduction: (Introduce both views; Mentions reasons for both views – don’t explain, leave that for the body; State your opinion)

There’s a great competition among countries to organize and conduct various sporting events such as the FIFA world cup, Olympics, and Commonwealth games. While some people believe this is a wastage of scarce financial resources, others think these events give a boost to national image and help build a stronger infrastructure for local residents. I think that only a few resourceful countries should conduct such events.

Body Paragraph 1: (Explain opinion 1 with example)

Global sports events require spending of millions of dollars to build stadiums, housing, transportation, and related infrastructure. It is often argued that these funds should be spent on welfare programs. Countries such as India should better invest in poverty eradication programs, education infrastructure, medical facilities and public transport than squandering scarce finance on Commonwealth games. Similarly, Brazil spent billions of dollars on summer Olympics of 2016, which left the country in heavy debt and unused and crumbling stadiums.

Body Paragraph 2: (Explain Opinion 2 with example)

However, such events are not without advantages. These events not only improve the image of the country conducting an international event but also add revenue to regional businesses through global tourists who attend these events. Moreover, these events help create long-term, sustainable infrastructure for the local population. For instance, during Commonwealth Games 2010, New Delhi, the government invested heavily in upgrading sewerage systems and stormwater drainage systems, building hospitals and modern transportation systems. These are being used effectively by the people of New Delhi these days.

 Conclusion: (My view and closing)

My view is that countries should conduct these events. However, the authorities must ensure proper financial planning coupled with ideas for post-event utilization of infrastructure.

255 words.

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