Members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission were present for the unveiling of the Olympic Truce Mural in PyeongChang
The Olympic Truce Mural of PyeongChang 2018 was unveiled on 5 February, in a ceremony attended by IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) Chair Angela Ruggiero, and mayor of the PyeongChang Olympic Village Seung Min Ryu, who is also an IOC AC member.
Since 2006, the Olympic Truce has been represented by a mural in the Athletes’ Village, and athletes and officials who take part in the Games are invited to sign it, inspiring peace through sport.
“The Olympic Truce Mural is a symbolic gesture to the power of Olympic sport, where the world can come together in peace and put political differences aside in the name of friendship and respect,” said Ruggiero following the ceremony.
Athletes building bridges
Produced by Korean artist Jaeseok Lee and carrying the theme of ‘Building Bridges’, the 2018 version has been designed to change the negative perception of a wall into a positive one, and to reinforce the message of peace and unity for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Pur Yiech Biel, a member of the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016, as well as representatives from several National Olympic Committees including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, were among those who added their signatures in a symbolic and strong gesture.
A mural has been installed in both Olympic Villages, and throughout the Games athletes and officials will be asked to sign their name or message of peace using special stencils.