The panel spearheading efforts to bring the 2024 summer Olympics to Los Angeles vowed Monday to promote the role of the French language within the Olympic Movement if L.A. is chosen as host city.
LA 2024 made the pledge on International French-speaking day — La Journee internationale de la Francophonie — in a news release clearly targeting the International Olympic Committee; it was written in French, although a translation was provided.
“On behalf of all of us at LA 2024, we send our warmest wishes to all the French-speaking people across the globe on the occasion of International Francophonie Day,” said LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman.
The LA 2024 statement said Los Angeles organizers would use both French and English in its announcements while hosting the games and deploy French- speaking volunteers to assist athletes and game attendees.
The race for the 2024 games is between Los Angeles and Paris.