The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially been postponed until summer 2021, and even though everyone – athletes and the pubic alike – is disappointed, it seems like it was the best decision for the times.
Since the Olympics began in 1896, they’ve only been postponed or canceled a handful of times – which means what’s happening now is extremely rare, and postponing for a pandemic?
This is the first time.
Every other postponement or cancellation has been due to war, as a matter of fact.
1. 1916 Summer Olympics
These were scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, and were canceled due to WWI.
2. 1940 Summer Olympics
Originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, these were postponed due to the war, moved to Helsinki, Finland, and later canceled all together.
3. 1940 Winter Olympics
These were also scheduled to take place in Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen this time, but WWII made it impossible.
4. 1944 Summer Olympics
London was too busy beating back the Nazis to host these games.
5. 1944 Winter Olympics
Cortina d’Ampezzo didn’t get to host these wartime games, either, as Italy had bigger fish to fry.
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