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The Olympic Truce
The effort to ensure international peace before and during each Olympic Games
The Olympic Truce is the effort to ensure international peace before and during each Olympic Games to safeguard the interests of participating athletes, sport in general, and non-violent conflict resolution across the globe. The Truce began in the 9th century BCE, with Ancient Greek city-states suspending warfare every four years so that people could safely travel to the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) revived the idea of the Olympic Truce in 1992 and has received strong support from the UN. The IOC established the International Olympic Truce Foundation and the International Olympic Truce Centre in 2000 to promote the Truce and its values.