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09 Sep 2015
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The French language honoured

In Lausanne today, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, received the Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie (OIF), Ms Michaëlle Jean, accompanied by musician Manu Dibango, who has recently been appointed Grand Témoin de la Francophonie for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Thomas Bach, Michaëlle Jean and Manu Dibango spoke about the details of future collaboration, in keeping with the objectives set by Olympic Agenda 2020. The role of sport as a tool for social cohesion, education and development, as well as the importance of mentioning the value of sport in the policy statement that accompanies the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, were also discussed at length during the meeting.

The meeting agenda also included the preparations for the Games in Rio de Janeiro and more precisely the operations linked to language services offered to the athletes, officials, journalists and general public in French. 

The IOC President congratulated Manu Dibango on his appointment, and underlined the close links between sport and culture.

Manu Dibango will pay his first official visit to Brazil in November to meet Carlos Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.

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