How many times have the Olympics been Cancelled or postponed?
The Olympic Games have only been cancelled three times in the past (or 5 times if you count the Winter Olympics separately), and postponed once (in 2020). All the cancellations were as a result of world wars.
When were the Olympics postponed?
But it’s not the first time the Olympics have had to be put on hold: since sprinting into life in 1896, the modern Olympics has been cancelled three times, all on account of a world war. Organisers of the 1916 games in Berlin eventually had to accept the war would not be ‘over by Christmas’ before cancelling.
Was there a 1944 Olympics?
The 1944 Summer Olympics, which were to be officially known as the Games of the XIII Olympiad, were cancelled because of World War II.
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Why Olympics are not postponed?
One reason given to justify a cancellation – aside from things like war or civil disorder – is that if “the IOC has reasonable grounds to believe, in its sole discretion, that the safety of participants in the Games would be seriously threatened or jeopardised for any reason whatsoever“.