What is the official language of the Olympics?
There are three official languages at the Olympics: English, French and the language of the host nation. When the teams are paraded out during the Opening Ceremony, it always starts with Greece, since that’s where the Olympics originated, and ends with the host country.
Why is IOC French?
It all traces back to Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century when French was considered the language of diplomacy. And, since April 1915, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters have been located in the French-speaking region of Switzerland.
In what 3 languages do they announce the Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter decrees that the organization’s official languages are French and English. Given the dual official languages, it’s customary for announcements at official Olympic events to be made in French, English and the language of the host country.
Why is English used at the Olympics?
That’s because the number of eligible countries determines the order of language spoken. With English spoken in 88 countries worldwide, French with 28 and Spanish with 20, that is the reason English and French are chosen to be the official languages.
Is the English language the official language of the Olympics?
English is almost always adopted as the official language of international events, including the Olympic Games. It does not mean, however, that the presumed global status of English is wholeheartedly accepted as I learned from over one thousand comments on a recent newspaper article about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
What does the French ambassador do at the Olympics?
The ambassador’s main task is normally to promote the French language and culture during the games. The ambassador ensures that the French translations and interpretations at the games are of high quality and that he also promotes the use of the language in local schools.
Is the Olympics going to be in Japan?
Having secured the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games, Japanese people from all walks of life have increasingly expressed their concern about Japanese people’s presumed ‘poor’ English.
Who are the other cities that have hosted the Olympic Games?
The British capital London holds the distinction of hosting three Olympic Games, all Summer, more than any other city. The other nations hosting the Summer Games at least twice are Germany, Australia, France and Greece. The other cities hosting the Summer Games at least twice are Los Angeles, Paris and Athens.