TORINO 2006: TOROC And France Sign Linguistic And Cultural Agreement
The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) and the French government have signed a convention for linguistic collaboration and to promote the French language. The agreement was signed by French Consul-General Odile Remik and TOROC President Valentino Castellani. The convention will help to see that the French language is fully represented during the Turin Games.
The agreement covers a wide range of areas for cooperation. Through the convention, the French government will use the French Cultural Centre in Turin to implement the programme, which will arrange for additional translators and specialist resources to be available to TOROC. Thanks to this support, TOROC will be able to provide French versions of the spectator’s guide and the official website www.torino2006.org
during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The French Cultural Centre in Turin will also work with TOROC to support the volunteer programme “Noi 2006”. The centre will help to recruit French-speaking volunteers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will ensure that French-speaking athletes and visitors to the Games are well taken care of during their stay in Turin.
Commenting on the signing of the convention, TOROC President Valentino Castellani said, “This agreement is important because of the geographical and cultural proximity that links us to France, and it will help to promote and develop multicultural awareness.”
As one of the two official languages of the Olympic Movement, French is very important to the Olympic Games and was, in fact, the mother tongue of the creator of the modern Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. This agreement represents an important opportunity to further relations between French-speaking peoples and to promote the linguistic and cultural diversity of the 25 member states of the International Organisation of the Francophonie.
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.