— Published 14 January 2022

A college of experts to defend the French language

With less than 1,000 days to go before the opening of the Paris 2024 Games, the French authorities are reopening the issue of the French language in major international sporting events. A college of experts set up by the General Delegation for the French Language and the Languages of France, from the Ministry of Culture, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Sports, has been revised in its composition. With one objective: Paris 2024. The college of 21 experts includes Daniel Zielinski, Inspector General of Education, of Sport and Research, who has been appointed High Official for the French language in sport. He will be the contact person for the Ministry of Sport on all issues relating to the use of the French language. Roxana Maracineanu, Minister for Sport, and Paul de Sinety, General Delegate for the French language and the languages of France, launched the work of this new college on Thursday 13 January, the university, the National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) and the Paralympic Committee (CPSF), the National Sports Agency (ANS), the DIJOP, the DIGES, representatives of sports federations, the Sports Directorate, as well as representatives of sports writers and the media. It is chaired by the academic Arnaud Richard, President of the French National Olympic Academy. Among its tasks, the identification and definition of new, less English-speaking terms for the four additional sports at the Paris 2024 Games – breaking, climbing, skateboarding and surfing – in conjunction with the French federations concerned. This work was presented as “crucial” for the promotion of the French language and the enrichment of sports terminology.