The Olympic Truce was the result of a UnitedNations Resolution – signed by 184 nations –calling for a truce in all wars during a periodof seven days before the opening and sevendays after the closing of the Games. TheTruce is a revival of the traditionalmoratorium on armed conflict observedduring the ancient Games. For the first timein modern Olympic history, flags with thisOlympic Truce symbol were flown during the1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, and thewarring factions in Sarajevo paused toobserve the Truce.Created by Canadian graphic designer WeiYew, the Olympic Truce is symbolized by adove of peace against the traditional Olympicflame. The festive “effervescent” confettimaking up the flame suggest celebration ofthe human spirit of all races.-Greg Durrell
The tradition of the Olympic Trucedates back to the 9th century BC, inAncient Greece. The idea of a trucesymbolizes the spirit of the AncientOlympic Games. The InternationalOlympic Committee (IOC) decided torevive this ancient concept in order toprotect the interests of the athletesand sport in general.In 1992, the first initiatives werelaunched by the IOC, in collaborationwith the United Nations, allowingathletes of the former Republic ofYugoslavia to participate in theBarcelona Games. In 2000, during theOpening Ceremony of the SydneyGames, the South and North Koreandelegations paraded in the stadium
A truce (in Greek, ekecheiria, which literally means "holding ofhands") was announced before and during each of the Olympicfestivals, to allow visitors to travel safely to Olympia. Aninscription describing the truce was written on a bronze discuswhich was displayed at Olympia. During the truce, wars weresuspended, armies were prohibited from entering Elis orthreatening the Games, and legal disputes and the carrying out ofdeath penalties were forbidden.
The official Olympic Truce logo is a graphicwith three elements: a dove, flames, andthe Olympic rings. The meaning behind thelogo is as follows:The Olympic Truce is symbolized by thedove of peace with the traditional Olympicflame in the background. In a world that isplagued by wars and animosity, the peace-dove symbol represents one of the IOCsideals to build a peaceful and better worldthrough sport and the Olympic ideal. In thesymbol, the flame is made up of colourfuleffervescent elements, reminiscent offestivities experienced in the celebration ofthe human spirit. These elementsrepresent people of all races comingtogether for the observance of the Truce.
Through this global andsymbolic concept, the goalof the Olympic Trucemovement is to:Mobilize youth for thepromotion of the OlympicidealsUse sport to establishcontacts betweencommunities in conflictOffer humanitarian supportin countries at warCreate a window ofopportunities for dialogueand reconciliation
OLYMPIC TRUCE - RELEVANCETODAYThe International Olympic Committee (IOC)decided to revive the ancient concept of theOlympic Truce with the view toprotecting, the interests of the athletes andsport in general, and to encourage searchingfor peaceful and diplomatic solutions to theconflicts around the world.Through this global and symbolicconcept, the IOC aims to :•mobilise youth for the promotion ofthe Olympic ideals;•use sport to establish contactsbetween communities in conflict; and•offer humanitarian support incountries atwar ; and•The IOC undertakings for theOlympic Truce extend beyond the
Sport alonecannot enforceor maintainpeace. But ithas a vital roleto play inbuilding abetter andmore peacefulworld."