Whether echoing John Lennon or not, it’s a plea that has been issued time and time again to little avail — an apparent exercise in futility. As the Games unfold against the backdrop of heightened tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, even Bach himself had palpably distanced the IOC from the Olympic Truce in the runup to the opening ceremony. “We can only appeal: ‘Please respect your own commitment,’” he said at a Feb. 3 press conference where he labelled the U.N. resolution merely a “highly symbolic act.” “We can only go so far and say: ‘Please do not touch the Games.’”
Just what is the Olympic Truce? And what role does it have to play on the rickety stage of international affairs?
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