The Olympic Truce Found in the year 1894, by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a French educationist, the Modern Olympic Games has captured the worldwide attention towards its magnificence and enduring spirit which is embodied
in the fact that the supreme ambition of an athlete is to take part in the Olympics and win glory. Pierre de Coubertin’s idea of bringing back the Olympic Games through which he sought to promote international harmony and understanding was enthusiastically received, and the International Olympic Committee, or IOC, was foundedon 23 June 1894 with DemetriosVikelas as its first president.Bringing the spectators to the brim of excitement, King George I of Greece opened the games before a crowd of 60,000 people on April 6, 1896.The IOC organizes the modernOlympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, held in Summer and Winter, every four years.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin
The tradition of the "Truce" or "Ekecheiria" was established in ancient Greece in 884 B.C. when the treaty assuring the truce was signed by King Iphitus on behalf of Elis, by lawgiver Lycurgus on behalf of Sparta and by Archon Cleosthenes on behalf of Pisa. Holding hands- as its meaningindicates; truce was announced before and during each of the Olympic festivals, to allow visitors to travel safely to Olympia. A bronze discus which was displayed at Olympia on which an inscription describing the truce was written.During the truce, wars were suspended, armies were prohibited from entering Elis or threatening the Games, and legal disputes and the carrying out of death penalties were forbidden. The negotiation of the IOC and UN regarding the athletes of the former Republic of Yugoslavia to join the 1992 Barcelona Games as Independent Olympic Athletes is mentioned in a fact sheet on the website
of the IOC. An appeal for the Olympic Truce was adopted at the IOC session in July, 1992. Since 1993 support for the Olympic Truce has grown steadily within the General Assembly.
Today the Olympic Truce has become an expression of mankind's desire to build a world based on the rules of fair competition, peace, humanity and reconciliation. The five intertwining rings of equal size, in 5 different colours representing the union of 5 continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games is the symbol of the modern Olympics. At least one of the 5 colours– Blue, yellow, black, red and green appeared on the flag of every country in the world .
It has yet another symbol- the Olympic torch which is ignited several months before the beginning of the Olympics at the site of the ancient Olympics, in Olympia. Its origin lie in ancient Greece, when a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics.
The Olympic Torch The Olympic Truce is symbolised by the dove of peace with the traditional Olympic flame in the background. One of the IOC's ideals to build a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic is presented to the world that is distressed by wars and hostility through the symbol of peace‐ dove.The Olympic flame has brought warm friendship to all the people of the world through sharing and global togetherness. In the symbol, the flame is made up of colourful effervescent elements ‐ reminiscent of festivities experienced in the celebration of the human spirit. The get‐together of all races for the observance of the Truce is represented by these elements. Riya.A.S and team 10E Christ Nagar English Hr Sec School Kowdiar PO Trivandrum