We support the XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and encourage all to celebrate these Games in peace!
The Declaration of the Olympic Truce signed on October 23rd, 2017, by the Mayors of Ancient Olympia, Ilida and Sparta – and then co-signed by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Thomas Bach, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Lee-Nak yeon, the vice-presidents of the International Olympic Truce Foundation, Mr. George Papandreou and Mrs. Fani Petralia, the President of the Hellenic Republic, HE Prokopis Pavlopoulos, prominent personalities, figures and organizations of international, regional and national standing, and, subsequently, via an electronic platform, by as many citizens of the world as possible – marks a substantial effort to bring to mind, once again, the significance of the Olympic Truce shortly before the XXIII Olympic Winter games PyeongChang 2018 take place.
As the president of the International Olympic Committee, Dr. Thomas Bach, has noted, “Peace-building is a long process. Sport wants to be part of this process. People need to show that they can agree on universal rules to govern human competition and resolve conflicts. We set great store by this common endeavour, which is such a splendid example of how, in partnership, politics and sport can complement each other. For this reason, the Olympic Truce is of particular significance.”
Sport unites and brings people together. The Olympic Games stand above and beyond all divides and have the power to unite humanity around friendship, hope, and peace. We all stand behind the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games to connect the world and bridge the ancient tradition of the Olympic Truce with its modern implementation and echo the commitment and engagement of all athletes and participants.
By co-signing the Ancient Olympia Declaration, we invite you all to reflect on and imagine a world with less conflict,
especially in the chronic state of affairs where we are facing the repercussions of wars that are displacing millions of people from their hearths and homelands, forcing them not just to seek a better life far from their homes, but to struggle for survival itself. This is precisely why we need coordinated actions and broader synergies among all those who can contribute to the creation of conditions for Peace and an end to hostilities.
DECLARATION OF THE MODERN OLYMPIC TRUCE
«After this he tells them that Heracles founded the Olympian games and truce as a proof of his real preference.»
Polybius Histories, 12, 26, 2
«Then Lycurgus the Lacedaemonian … and Iphitos, an Elean … and Kleosthenes, a Pisatan, … wished to restore the populace to concord and peace. They decided to celebrate the Olympic festival according to ancient customs and to complete an athletic contest. They sent men to Delphi to inquire of the god whether he approved of their doing this. The god replied that things would be better for them doing this. He also ordered them to announce a truce to the cities that wished to participate in the contest.»
Phlegon, fragments 1,4 (F.Gr.Hist., 257 F 1,4)
On the occasion of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and the Lighting of the Olympic Flame, and bearing in mind what was passed on to us from ancient Greek letters, of which the above fragments are the most characteristic,
the undersigned mayors of Olympia, Ilida and Sparta, inspired by our revered forebears and following the example of Kleosthenes, Iphitos and Lycurgus, today symbolically renew, in the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Ideals, and declare to all the world the sacred agreement of antiquity, the Olympic Truce.
In the presence of prominent representatives of the local, national and global community and of the Olympic Movement, who co-sign the present declaration in the city where ancient mythology and tradition meet modern history,
we ask that weapons be laid down and that all hostilities be ceased around the world, throughout the period from the seventh day before the start of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games until the seventh day following the end of the XII Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, so that we bring the world together in a safe and peaceful environment, and let the Olympic Games inspire the citizens of the world, and the present and future young generations, around peace.