Why and When Olympic has been Cancelled or Postponed

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Tokyo Olympics are threatened by spread of COVID-19

The Tokyo Olympics could be postponed until the end of 2020 in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto has told lawmakers that Japan’s agreement with the IOC potentially allows Organizers for the 2020 Summer Olympics said that preparations for the upcoming event in Tokyo are continuing as planned,despite rumors swirling that the games could be canceled or postponed due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

In the past three times the Olympic has been cancelled, all of then due to war, which are in 1916, 1940 & 1944. In 1980, USA and it’s allies boycotted Moscow Olympics (USSR) due to Soviet – Afgan war.

1916 Berlin Olympic


The 1916 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the VI Olympiad, were scheduled to be held in Berlin, Germany, but were eventually cancelled due to the outbreak of World War I. Berlin was selected as the host city during the 14th IOC Session in Stockholm on July 4, 1912 defeating bids from Alexandria, Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest and Cleveland. After the 1916 Games were cancelled, Berlin would eventually host the 1936 Summer Olympics.

1940 Tokyo Olympic

The 1940 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XII Olympiad, were originally scheduled to be held from September 21 to October 6, 1940, in Tokyo, Japan. They were rescheduled for Helsinki, Finland, to be held from July 20 to August 4, 1940, bit were ultimately canceled due to the outbreak of World War II.

1944 London Olympic

London hosted 1948 games after 1944 were cancelled

The 1944 Summer Olympics, which were to be officially known as the Games of the XIII Olympiad, were cancelled due to World War II. It would have been held in London, United Kingdom, which won the bid on the first ballot in a June 1939 IOC election over Rome, Detroit, Lausanne, Athens, Budapest, Helsinki and Montreal. The selection was made at the 38th IOC Session in London in 1939.

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