Due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled to July 23, 2021. Japan is also struggling to contain the invisible virus since the second wave hit almost every part of the planet. The result is outrage from local residents and authorities over the cancellation of large-scale events that could have a serious impact on local residents.
Japanese citizens have been wearing masks since pre-pandemic as Japan has a rich mask-wearing culture and Japan is still struggling to contain the COVID-19 virus. This clearly demonstrates just how powerful and adaptable an invisible virus can be. This is a double-edged sword because if the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are canceled, it will incur huge financial losses and host the Olympics will be dangerous to human life.
Tokyo Olympics Cancelled 1940
Since the 1st Modern Olympics in 1896, only three Olympics have been canceled due to war (1916, 1940, and 1944). Here are three Olympic Games that have been suspended due to world events:
1916 Olympics – canceled due to World War I
The 1916 Olympics were to be hosted by the German Empire. And for this, we will build an impressive 30,000-seat stadium in Berlin. However, with the outbreak of World War I, this mega-event was eventually abandoned due to multi-national warfare.
The aftermath of World War I affected German athletes, such as at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, and German athletes were not actively invited to compete. Because many countries blamed Germany for causing World War I.
1940 and 1944 Olympics – canceled due to World War II
Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939 and the outbreak of the six-year-old World War II were the reasons for the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics. German and Japanese players were banned from the 1948 London Games as a result of World War II.