"As early as 2300 BC, Chinese athletes were playing tsu chu, a game in which players kicked a small ball through designated goals on a field." This fact-filled and thorough reading comprehension tells the history of soccer, from early versions of the game to the present.
This very short reading comprehension piece about bobsledding is a perfect introduction to the sport for beginning readers. Students will find the Winter Olympic event of bobsledding more interesting having read this passage.
A reading comprehension describes some of the opening ceremony for the 2000 Olympics in Australia; this has directions and space for students to revise the document for the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics.