ERITREAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS SEEK ASYLUM IN BOTSWANA
(P2) The men were DETAINED by police after deciding not to board their plane.
(P4) There have been a number of mass DEFECTIONS by Eritrean athletes in recent years.
(P6) A senior official at the Botswana Football Association says it has yet to ESTABLISH why the players refused to leave with their team-mates.
(P7) However a report in the Botswana newspaper The Voice said that the players were DISTRESSED about the PROSPECT of joining the Eritrean army and wanted to seek asylum despite being persuaded not to by the ambassador.
(P8) The newspaper reported Botswana Football Association Vice President Basadi Akoonyatse as saying that the Eritrean players were found missing from their hotel rooms early on Wednesday morning by team officials.
(P9) “A report was made to the police who spotted them LOITERING around Francistown, ALLEGING that they were in search of a Red Cross centre where they could seek assistance to… be granted asylum in Botswana,” she said.
(P10) Players’ representative Dick Bayford told the Reuters news agency that he had received reports of an attempt to remove the players FORCIBLY from Botswana.
(P12) The country has also been accused by the UN of forcing its citizens to indefinite national service and of killing people trying to escape abroad.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Why do international sports so often become political?
- What is your personal understanding of “human rights”?
- What should the STANDARDS for seeking asylum in another country be? For example, that you are in danger in your native country?
- Do you have an awareness of the issues in different African countries, or do you think of Africa as a single UNIT?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Human rights
- Devoid of merit