For The Record

Issue 9 2014

...It connects sportspeople beyond race, religion and beyond ethnic divides, thus helping to heal divisions and build bridges between peoples, cultures and nations...”

The IOC has worked for over a century to place sport at the centre of the harmonious development of mankind. Of course, sport alone cannot enforce or maintain peace. But it has a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world. Sport can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst for mutual understanding in our society.

The IOC leads efforts to build a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Movement. One way that the IOC supports peacebuilding efforts is through the Olympic Truce. Athletes and officials in the Olympic Village at each edition of the Games are invited to show their support for the peace and solidarity by signing the Truce Wall.

Signing this wall is a symbolic gesture through which the signatories commit themselves to acting as “Peace ambassadors”.

“The Olympic Village shows us all – if only for a few brief weeks – that another world is possible”, President Bach said during the Games. “A world where we can compete, but still respect each other, where we can be sporting rivals but still be friends.” That is the spirit that underlies the Olympic Truce.

The First International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 6 April

On 6 April 2014, the IOC will celebrate the United Nations first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Creating a historical link to the first modern Olympic Games on 6 April 1896, this new annual event is an occasion for all of us to recognise and promote the power of sport for driving positive societal and individual change across the world.

Building on the work carried out by the Olympic Movement, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to highlight how sport is a universal language. It also provides an important platform to call for action, and advocate for greater investment in sport, related infrastructures, quality physical education and accessibility to sports programmes.

You can support the Day by following some of these concrete and simple steps:

Showcase how you have been contributing to sport development, capacity building and the well-being of communities over the years;

Thank or recognise a person, organisation or government ministry for their efforts towards the development of sport;

Should the occasion arise, discuss with a key government official, the importance of investing in sport for all;

Use any communication platform you may have to inform the general public about the International Day, tweet about and encourage others to do the same; and direct your friends to our website where we’ll be showcasing projects in this area

As athletes, share your story on how sport changed your life, and join in the conversation with #betterworld2014, @idsdp and on the Olympic platforms.

Learn more about the event on or through the following channels:

Peace and Sport Organisation:

The Olympic Truce is symbolised by the dove of peace with the traditional Olympic flame in the background.

In a world that is plagued by wars and animosity, the peace-dove symbol represents one of the IOC's ideals - to build a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal. The Olympic flame has brought 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. These elements represent people of all races coming together for the observance of the Truce.

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