Olympic Truce

Fresco of the Olympic Truce Wall - PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games The Olympic Truce Wall - PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games - ©IOC / Jason EVANS

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  • IOC President Thomas Bach Beijing 2022
    UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for Beijing 2022, highlighting the contribution of sport to the promotion of peace and solidarity
  • IOC President Thomas Bach during a visit to the Olympic Village where he signed the Truce Mural Tokyo 2020
    Athletes invited to show commitment to building a peaceful world through sport at Tokyo 2020 by signing the Olympic Truce Mural
  • IOC President Bach lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Hiroshima Tokyo 2020
    IOC President pays respect to Hiroshima as Truce for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 comes into effect
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Tokyo 2020
    UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls for the Olympic Truce to be observed
  • Tokyo 2020
    Solemn appeal by United Nations to observe Olympic Truce during Tokyo 2020
  • Olympic Flag IOC News
    UN General Assembly confirms new dates for the observation period of the Olympic Truce
  • President Thomas Bach IOC News
    IOC President stresses importance of unity and solidarity as UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for Tokyo 2020 by consensus
  • The Olympic Village in PyeongChang unveils the Olympic Truce Mural, created by South Korean artist Jaeseok Lee PyeongChang 2018
    The Olympic Village in PyeongChang unveils the Olympic Truce Mural, created by South Korean artist Jaeseok Lee
  • IOC News
    The history of the Olympic Truce
  • IOC News
    The Olympic Truce, an idea reborn with every Olympic Games
  • IOC News
    IOC President highlights athletes' exemplary role as the UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang 2018 by consensus
  • Truce mural RIO 2016
    A Call for Peace from the Home of Olympic Athletes
  • Refugee Olympic Team
    UN General Assembly approves Olympic Truce for Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016
  • Development through sport
    Olympic Village welcomes 2012 Truce Wall

What is "Olympic Truce"?

The tradition of the “Olympic Truce”, or “Ekecheiria”, was established in Ancient Greece in the ninth century BC through the signing of a treaty between three kings – Iphitos of Elis, Cleosthenes of Pisa and Lycurgus of Sparta – to allow safe participation in the ancient Olympic Games for all athletes and spectators from these Greek city-states, which were otherwise almost constantly engaged in conflict with each other.

Taking into account the new political reality in which sport and the Olympic Games exist, the IOC decided to revive the concept of the Olympic Truce for the Olympic Games, with a view to protecting, as far as possible, the interests of the athletes and sport in general, and to harness the power of sport to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation more broadly.

Since 1993, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has repeatedly expressed its support for the Olympic Truce ideal and for the IOC’s mission by adopting, every two years – one year before each edition of the Olympic Games – a resolution entitled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal".

United Nations resolutions

United Nations General Assembly adopts, every two years – one year before each edition of the Olympic Games – a resolution.
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Reference documents

Visit the United Nations website to consult all solemn appeals of the President of the General Assembly, Secretary-General’s messages and Olympic Truce resolutions.
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