1916 Berlin Olympics
The Cancelled Olympic Games of 1916
The Olympic Games of 1916 were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War I. They were supposed to be held in Berlin, Germany but the hosting duties were transferred to Austria due to the war.
There were three main reasons for the cancellation of the 1916 Olympic Games. The first was that many of the countries who were scheduled to compete in the games had withdrawn due to the outbreak of war. The second reason was that with so many countries at war, there was a risk that the games would be used as a propaganda tool by one side or the other. The third reason was that Berlin, the host city, was deemed too dangerous to hold the games given the hostilities in Europe.
Despite the cancellation of the 1916 Olympic Games, work continued on the construction of venues in Berlin. The hope was that once the war ended, the games could be held there as originally planned. However, those plans never came to fruition and the constructions sites sat abandoned until after World War II when they were finally demolished.
The Olympic Games of 1916 were cancelled due to outbreak of World War I. Originally scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, hosting duties were transferred to Austria after war broke out. With many participating countries withdrawing and concerns that the games would be used for propaganda purposes, it was decided that it would be too risky to hold them. Construction on venues continued in Berlin throughout the war in case the games could eventually be held as planned, but they were ultimately demolished after World War II ended.
1940 Sapporo Olympics / Garmisch-Partenkirchen Olympics
The Cancelled Olympic Games of 1940
The Olympic games are a time-honored tradition that celebrates the spirit of competition and sportsmanship. The games are typically held every four years, with the host city alternating between different countries. However, there have been occasions where the games have had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. One such instance was the cancellation of the 1940 Olympic games.
The 1940 Olympic games were supposed to be held in Helsinki, Finland. However, due to the outbreak of World War II, the games were cancelled. They were eventually rescheduled for London, England but again had to be cancelled due to the war.
While it is unfortunate that the 1940 Olympic games were not able to take place, it is important to understand the historical context in which they were cancelled. At the time, Europe was in the midst of a global conflict and many countries were involved in active warfare. Under these circumstances, it simply was not safe or possible to hold an international sporting event.
1940 Tokyo Olympics / Helsinki Olympics
The Olympic Games of 1944 were scheduled to be held in two cities, Tokyo, Japan and Helsinki, Finland. However, due to the outbreak of World War II, the games were cancelled. This blog post will explore the reasons for the cancellation of the games, as well as provide some background information on the scheduled host cities.
1944 Cortina d'Ampezzo Olympics
The Cancelled Olympic Games of 1944 Cortina d'Ampezzo
It is well known that the Olympic Games were not held in 1940 and 1944 due to the outbreak of World War II. What is not as well known is that the Games were originally slated to be held in the Italian city of Cortina d'Ampezzo in 1944. Here's a look at why the Games were cancelled and how Cortina d'Ampezzo came to be the host city.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met in Cairo, Egypt in 1938 to discuss the possibility of holding the 1944 Olympic Games in Italy. At that time, Rome was pegged as the possible host city. However, due to the impending war, it was decided to move the Games to another location.
A number of cities voiced interest in hosting the Games, but ultimately, Cortina d'Ampezzo was chosen because it met all of the IOC's requirements. It had a suitable climate for winter sports, ample accommodation for athletes and spectators, and good transport links.
Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of World War II, the Games were cancelled and they were not held until 1948. Cortina d'Ampezzo did eventually get to host the Winter Olympics—but not until 20 years later, in 1956.While most people know that the Olympic Games were not held in 1940 and 1944 due to World War II, what is less well known is that they were originally slated to be held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. The city was chosen because it met all of the requirements set out by the IOC. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of war, the Games were cancelled and they were not held until 1948. Cortina d'Ampezzo finally got to host the Winter Olympics—but not until 20 years later, in 1956.