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Olympism in Action – Sport Serving Humankind

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During the 2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games, athletes and officials showed support for the Olympic

Truce by signing one of the three walls situated in the three Olympic Villages.

In Beijing in 2008, the Peace and

Friendship Wall, a permanent

structure that forms part of the

Olympic Games legacy, was signed

by athletes, guests and officials

during a colorful ceremony in

support of the Olympic Truce ideal

throughout the Games.

Two years later, the Vancouver

Games were reported to be the first-

ever Olympic Games to be held on

indigenous people‟s land. Truce

projects were rooted in an open

invitation for people to “Make Your

Peace”, which asked individuals to

create everyday peace at home,

schools, work and in the community.

Projects included: delivering

Olympic Spirit Boxes filled with

hockey, football, lacrosse, baseball and basketball equipment to 20 Aboriginal communities in Northern

Canada; an Olympic Truce Youth Dialogue with Canada‟s Governor General Michaelle Jean; and an art

installation entitled “Room to Make your Peace”.

The Governor General of Canada, the patron of the Olympic Truce for Vancouver 2010, was a perfect

symbol of the Olympic Truce as she represented the diversity and richness of Canada‟s culture and


Following Vancouver, LOCOG and the

UK government raised the bar even

higher in delivering Olympic Truce-

related activities. They promoted the

ideals of the Olympic Truce both

domestically and internationally. Among

their activities, the programme “Get Set

for the Olympic Truce encouraged young

people across the country to learn about

the history of the Olympic Truce, to

debate and discuss what the Olympic

Truce meant to their lives and to

undertake an activity to promote peace

within their school or community.

Materials were promoted to over 20,000

Governor General Michaelle Jean meeting representatives of the Four First

Nations at the launch of the Vancouver Olympic Truce Wall / © IOC


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