Created by Ann Spolitak, Monastyryshche School 5
The Olympic Truce means a peaceful period for athletes and spectators totravel to and from the Olympic Games safely.
Origin • Place Ancient Greece • Date 884 B.C. • Reason to travel safely across the country to mount Olympus for the sporting event of a religious festivalThe Olympic Truce was respected for twelve centuries of Olympic Games.
No Olympic Truce 1916 1940 1944World War I World War II
Modern Olympic Truce The first modern request for an Olympic Truce was in 1956 during the Hungarian uprising. Olympic athletes were fighting with Hungarian rebels. So, the International Olympic Committee called for a truce to enable the athletes to travel to the games in Melbourne.
In 1992 the Olympic Truce helpedthe athletes from the formerRepublic of Yugoslavia to take partin the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
During 1994 the United Nations and theIOC used the Olympic Truce to cease firein Bosnia for the time of the LillehammerOlympics. The Bosnian President agreedto cease fire in Sarajevo.
In 1998 the Japanese winter Olympic gamescoincided with the conflicts between theUnited States and Iraq. The JapanesePresident and the IOC asked the UnitedStates to honour an Olympic Truce.
In 2000 North and South Korea showedrespect for the Olympic Truce in theSydney games. The athletes of the twocountries marched under one flag atthe opening ceremony .
Truce WallsThis tradition started inAthens in 2004. Athletes,officials, personalities, andvisitors sign the walls tosupport the idea of peaceand understanding throughsport. The Truce Wall is asymbol of the Olympic Truce.
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