That’s because French is one of two official languages for the Olympic Games. The first modern Olympic Games, in 1896, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were both set up by a Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
What were the official languages of the first Olympic Games?
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Because French was considered the language of diplomacy at this time, (and likely because of de Coubertin’s nationality) French became the first official language of the Olympics.
Why is French the first language in Olympics?
It’s because Rule 23 of the Olympic charter establishes two official languages for the games: French and English. That’s because French was the native tongue of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, according to the New York Times.
What are the two official language in the Olympic movement?
The founding text of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Charter, acknowledges the importance of language skills and stipulates that ‘The official languages of the IOC are French and English‘ (Article 24.1, page 53).
Which language is used most in the world?
English is the largest language in the world, if you count both native and non-native speakers. If you count only native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the largest. Mandarin Chinese is the largest language in the world when counting only first language (native) speakers.
How many sports are in Olympics?
Around 11,000 athletes have made their way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to compete in over 339 different events from 41 different sports.
Where is 2028 Summer Olympics?
Is Russia banned from the Olympics?
Russia technically is banned from the Tokyo Games for its years of breaking anti-doping rules — from the state-sponsored system to allegations the country more recently manipulated drug test results. As a result of the ban, Russian athletes, again, are supposed to compete as neutrals.