Tokyo 2020 Olympic Truce Period Starts
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is pleased to announce the start of the period of the Olympic Truce called for during the Tokyo 2020 Games.
At the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2019, 186 Member States co-sponsored a resolution entitled “Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal” through which they commit to observe the Olympic Truce individually and collectively to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited person taking part in the Games of the Olympiad and the Paralympic Games, and to contribute through other appropriate measures to the safe organisation of the Games.
Following the postponement of the Games, the change in the truce period was adopted again in July 2020, and the Olympic Truce for the Tokyo 2020 Games will last from July 16, 2021, seven days before the Olympic Opening Ceremony, to September 12, 2021, seven days after the Paralympic Closing Ceremony. It is our hope that the Tokyo 2020 Games will provide an opportunity for the world to hope for peace and to reflect on the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts.
During the ancient Olympic Games around 2,800 years ago, a truce was proclaimed to help ensure that athletes, artists and their families, as well as ordinary pilgrims could travel safely to the Games and peacefully return to their respective countries. In 1992 the International Olympic Committee renewed this tradition by proposing an “Olympic Truce” to protect the interests of modern athletes and encourage peaceful and democratic solutions to global conflicts. Olympic Truce initiatives were subsequently implemented from the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games onwards.
Olympic and Paralympic Truce murals will be displayed in the Village Plaza at the Olympic and Paralympic Village during this time, with athletes encouraged to sign the mural thereby showing their support for the ideals of peace and the respect of the rights of people with disabilities. In addition, Tokyo 2020 will continue to use social media to encourage participation in Tokyo 2020’s unique PEACE ORIZURU® project, whereby people are asked to make paper cranes while calling for peace. In such ways Tokyo 2020 will seek to promote the desire for world peace, a common wish of all humankind.