IELTS/ PTE/TOEFL Writing Tasks, The Essay
Writing Task 2, Essay
The Essay Question:
Some governments spend a lot of public money training individuals to be successful in international sporting events. Some people believe that this money should be spent on things that will benefit the general public instead.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Some sections of society feel that public funds must be utilised for the upliftment of citizens, rather than the current practice of few governments expending on grooming sports players for success at global events. I completely support this practice of governments investing on sportsmen, since it is indeed worthwhile for a country’s recognition in the international arena.
People who opine that public money ought to be invested in the betterment of the populace, contend that the country as a whole would gain when amenities are provided for a cross section of citizens. Moreover, the entire nation will be propelled forward, leading to economic stability.
On the contrary, the preponderant merit of governments sponsoring training of players is that sports play a crucial role in embarking a nation’s flag on the worldwide platform. For example, Columbia despite being a small nation with a populace of only 10 million, is known in the world for being world champions in table tennis.
Additionally, by investing in training of sports stars, many able-bodied youth not keen on academics, will be provided the right platform to lead a positive goal oriented life and excel in sports. In the absence of such coaching, the potential talent and skill of the youth may be untapped. For instance, in China children with innate skills in athletics are groomed right from a tender age by the government, resulting in a high medal tally in a myriad global sports events like the Olympics.
In conclusion, I believe that it is right and beneficial that few governments spend money for successfully coaching individuals to bring global recognition in sports events, although by contrast few believe the same money must used for the advantage of the public at large.