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  • Tokyo 2020 and La Francophonie Establish Partnership


    The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (La Francophonie), an international organisation representing countries where French is spoken or where there is a significant affiliation with French culture. The Memorandum is designed to encourage the use of French, an official IOC language, during the Tokyo 2020 Games, for example through the establishment of an official Tokyo 2020 website in French and the promotion of French culture.

    La Francophonie promoter (Grand Témoin) Thierry Marx attended the signing ceremony on behalf of Secretary General of la Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo. French is an official language of the International Olympic Committee, in parallel with English. The Memorandum will be in effect until 31 December 2020.

    Secretary General of la Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo commented, “La Francophonie welcomes the Tokyo 2020 commitment to respect the Olympic Charter with regard to official languages, of which French is an integral part. This commitment reflects our shared vision for a world that respects linguistic and cultural diversity. I am particularly pleased with this concrete collaboration in favour of the French language and the influence of the Francophonie at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. It reflects the mobilization of the Francophonie, to make the upcoming Olympiads an essential event in which all 88 member states and governments of the Francophonie and the 300 million speakers of this language will recognize each other”

    Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto commented, “Tokyo 2020 welcomes the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding encouraging the use of French and promotion of French culture at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. With the collaboration of the International Organisation of Francophonie, we hope that the three concepts of the Tokyo Games, namely “Achieving Personal Best”, “Unity in Diversity”, and “Connecting to Tomorrow”, as well as our philosophy of peace, will be transmitted to more people in the world through use of the French language.”

    About L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie

    OIF is an international organization based on the shared language of French, and common values. It brings together 88 states and governments on five continents. In 2020, the OIF will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The latest report counts French language speakers in the world (2019) 300 million. French is the world's fifth-largest language and the fourth-largest language on the internet, with 132 million learners of French and in French. OIF carries out political and cooperation actions in the following priority areas: French language and cultural and linguistic diversity; peace, democracy and human rights; education and formation; sustainable development, economy and solidarity. In all its actions, it pays particular attention to young people and women, as well as access to digital. Louise Mushikiwabo is the Secretary General of OIF. See

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