Due to the covid pandemic in 2020, the Tokyo Olympics was rescheduled for 23 July 2021. since the second wave has hit almost every part of the planet, Japan is also struggling to curb the invisible virus. As a result, there has been an outrage among the local people and authorities to cancel out the mega event as it can impact the local population severely.
Japan’s citizens are wearing masks for a long time before the pandemic as the country has a rich culture of wearing masks and still Japan is struggling to curb the Covid-19 virus. This clearly shows, how strong and adaptive is the invisible virus. Due to this, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is hanging on a double-edged sword, as a cancellation will lead to huge financial losses, and organizing the games will be a dangerous affair to human life.
Since the first modern Olympics games in 1896, only three Olympics games (1916, 1940, and 1944) have been cancelled due to war, and this time if the games are cancelled it will be due to a virus that one cannot see. Here are the three Olympics games that were disrupted due to world events.
1916 Olympics – cancelled due to World War I
The 1916 Olympics were supposed to be organized by the German Empire. And for this, they build an impressive 30.000 seating capacity stadium in Berlin. But with the outbreak of World War I, the mega event was finally scrapped as the war involved several nations.
The aftermath of WW I impacted the German athletes as in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic, the German athletes were actively disinvited for the games. Because several nations blamed Germany for starting World War I.
1940 and 1944 Olympics – cancelled due to World War II
With the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Hitler, and with the beginning of World War II which lasted for six years, it became the reason for the cancelation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics games. As a result of WW II, in the 1948 London games, German and Japanese athletes were banned from participation.