The 2012 Olympic Truce (‘Ekechereia’) campaign builds on the historic UN resolution this past October calling for a global truce during the period of the Olympic Games.
The tradition of the Olympic Truce dates back to 776 BC, on the occasion of the first recorded Olympic Games in ancient Greece. City-states decided to cease all warfare and endorse Truce thus sending a message of peace and fair play. During the Truce, athletes, artists and their families, as well as ordinary pilgrims, could travel in total safety to participate in or attend the Olympic Games and return afterwards to their respective countries.
Since its revival in 1992, it has received formal endorsement from the UN and been adopted by 190 UN member states, making it the most widely supported resolution in the history of the UN. The Olympic Truce has a demonstrated history of helping to further dialogue and understanding — providing a valuable window of opportunity to work towards the peaceful resolution of conflict.
The 2012 Olympic Truce once again calls upon humanity to lay down its weapons and to work towards building the foundations of peace, mutual respect, understanding and reconciliation.
During a recent visit to Jamaica, the South African Chapter of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPTSA) met with IIPT’s President, Louis D’Amore who had traveled from America to meet the South Africans.
IIPTSA’s Victor Sibeko said “during our visit to Jamaica we met several sports enthusiasts who were keen to travel to South Africa on sport development exchange programmes. The Jamaican’s are understandably very proud of the achievements of their sport stars and particularly their athletes such as Ussain Bolt. The South African IIPT Team were equally convinced that SA athletes would shine at this year’s London Olympic Games”.
“It was clear” says Don Leffler of CCTNSA (Countrystyle Community Tourism Network, South Africa) “that Jamaica and South Africa share a love for sport and that fans are strong supporters of their national teams. This competitive comeradie was illustrated in discussions with Sport Clubs and Sport Teams during our visit to Jamaica.”
Says IIPTSA’s Victor Sibeko “we initiated discussions with IIPT President,Louis D’Amore, to ask how we could support the IIPT’s call for support of the 2012 Olympic Truce Campaign. We agreed that the South African and Caribbean Chapters of IIPT and of CCTN would sign a Declaration of Support for the 2012 Olympic Truce Campaign and would encourage other IIPT Chapters, organizations and individuals in all countries to also sign the Declaration. We are very pleased that the Australian Chapter of IIPT has also supported and endorsed the IIPT’s call for support of the 2012 Olympic Truce Campaign.”
CCTNSA’s Nikki De Pina says “we have also received support from other IIPT Chapters in Australia and from individuals in South Africa, Jamaica, New Zealand and France. We hope that businesses and individuals will all support this initiative as we count down the days to the Olympic Games in London.”