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EF Education First will provide English training to 800,000 as part of the Rio Olympics

EF North American CEO Dr. Edward Hult at an Olympic ceremony in Sochi. Photo courtesy of the company.
EF North American CEO Dr. Edward Hult at an Olympic ceremony in Sochi. Photo courtesy of the company.

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EF Education First, a for-profit education company specializing in language learning, said it has been selected as the Official Supplier of Language Training Services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A Swedish company with its North American headquarters in Cambridge, EF Education First, or EF, said that plans call for it to teach English to 100,000 staffers for the Rio games as well as to nearly 700 000 candidates for the Olympic volunteer program, contractors, and school children in Rio State. A private company, EF is not disclosing the value of its contract with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. This will be the fourth Olympics for EF, which does much of its work in teaching English as a second language.

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