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    London 2012 - London Olympics 'to be held in French'
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    Thu, 09 Dec 11:41:00 2010


    The official language of the London 2012 Olympics will be French according to secret contracts seen by the Daily Telegraph.

    French is the first language of the International Olympic Committee and as such that means that it must take precedence at all Olympic ceremonies including when medals are being handed out.

    The presentations will also take place in English but any statement in English "should be read after the French".

    All "billboards and pageantry" must also be in French, with English relegated to a second language for the duration of the Games.

    The stipulations are listed in the legally binding "Olympic technical manuals" that were signed by London officials when they were awarded the Games in 2005. They were obtained under freedom of information laws by The Spectator magazine and the Games Monitor website after a two-year battle.

    Among the other requirements thrust upon the city by the IOC are:

    - At least 40,000 hotel rooms for IOC members, foreign sports administrators and other official guests - 1,800 of which must be four or five star. London will be expected to pay for at least 7,000 of the rooms.

    - Making sure the Queen is available for a "ceremony planned by the IOC" just before the Games open.

    - The Union Jack should only be flown fifth in precedence behind the Olympic flag, the London 2012 symbol, the United Nations flag and the flag of Greece.

    - A recommended 700 people will have to be given a dedicated car and chauffeur, while another 400 should get a pool car and a driver.

    - The city must also "obtain control of all billboard advertising, city transport advertising, airport advertising etc for the duration of the Games and the month preceding", to make sure only official Olympic partners are advertised.

    - All spectators "must be prohibited from wearing clothes or accessories with commercial messages other than the manufacturer's brand name", which if taken literally would prevent people from wearing football jerseys to events.

    - All IOC meeting rooms must be provided with "photocopy paper in various colours white, pink, green, blue according to the precise instructions of the IOC".

    A spokesman for the Games tried to play down the significance of the manuals.

    "This is information provided to cities to get them thinking about all the things they need to do," he said.

    "The hotel room numbers are guidelines and we may not necessarily need, for instance, 100 rooms for the ceremony stars. The ambush marketing provisions are targeted on mass ambushes, not people wearing their football shirts."

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    Vancouver winter Olympics barely had any French. It was quite lame for a city located in on officially bilingual country celebrating an event where French is one of the main language of the Olympic corporations. IMO, it looked quite bad on them, but hey they are from the ROC, couldn't expect better.

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    bull shit english the uni language keep it so
    ORIGINAL BLUE PRINT

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    no one is saying that english is not the universal language however, it's not one of the language of the int. Olympic Committee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucytrini View Post
    London 2012 - London Olympics 'to be held in French'
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    London 2012 - London Olympics 'to be held in French' - Yahoo! Eurosport
    Thu, 09 Dec 11:41:00 2010


    The official language of the London 2012 Olympics will be French according to secret contracts seen by the Daily Telegraph.

    French is the first language of the International Olympic Committee and as such that means that it must take precedence at all Olympic ceremonies including when medals are being handed out.

    The presentations will also take place in English but any statement in English "should be read after the French".

    All "billboards and pageantry" must also be in French, with English relegated to a second language for the duration of the Games.

    The stipulations are listed in the legally binding "Olympic technical manuals" that were signed by London officials when they were awarded the Games in 2005. They were obtained under freedom of information laws by The Spectator magazine and the Games Monitor website after a two-year battle.

    Among the other requirements thrust upon the city by the IOC are:

    - At least 40,000 hotel rooms for IOC members, foreign sports administrators and other official guests - 1,800 of which must be four or five star. London will be expected to pay for at least 7,000 of the rooms.

    - Making sure the Queen is available for a "ceremony planned by the IOC" just before the Games open.

    - The Union Jack should only be flown fifth in precedence behind the Olympic flag, the London 2012 symbol, the United Nations flag and the flag of Greece.

    - A recommended 700 people will have to be given a dedicated car and chauffeur, while another 400 should get a pool car and a driver.

    - The city must also "obtain control of all billboard advertising, city transport advertising, airport advertising etc for the duration of the Games and the month preceding", to make sure only official Olympic partners are advertised.

    - All spectators "must be prohibited from wearing clothes or accessories with commercial messages other than the manufacturer's brand name", which if taken literally would prevent people from wearing football jerseys to events.

    - All IOC meeting rooms must be provided with "photocopy paper in various colours white, pink, green, blue according to the precise instructions of the IOC".

    A spokesman for the Games tried to play down the significance of the manuals.

    "This is information provided to cities to get them thinking about all the things they need to do," he said.

    "The hotel room numbers are guidelines and we may not necessarily need, for instance, 100 rooms for the ceremony stars. The ambush marketing provisions are targeted on mass ambushes, not people wearing their football shirts."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shevvy View Post
    bull shit english the uni language keep it so
    even saying that English is the universal language is kinda iffy, since only 1/7 of the world speaks it.

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