IOC happy with foreign language use in London

The London 2012 Olympic Games has been largely carried out in English, despite the official language being French, reports

Gilbert Felli, director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), responded to questions about the issue in French and said that the language had been used where appropriate.

French is the first language of the Games in honour of Baron de Coubertin, the man who developed the event in the late 19th century. During the London event – in which Team GB are currently third in the medals table – the importance of French may have led to a temporary spike in bilingual jobs.

Mr Felli recently spoke to about London 2012 and seemed happy with the way things have gone, noting that the organisers have done a good job of engaging with the public.

He explained that the IOC provides technical and financial support to the cities that host the Olympics, while about 500 people from future Games committees have been in attendance in the English capital; helping with their own preparations. They are investigating potential issues such as transportation and venue features.

“The atmosphere in the city has been great. The British public love sport. The support for the athletes in the venues has also been great, and the athletes seem very happy,” Mr Felli added.

by Paul Smithson on August 7, 2012

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