First Time In History: Olympic Games Will Be Held In an Odd Year

posted by: Mike Daniels

Serious talks of postponing the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo began nearly one week ago, with countries one by one pulling out. The announcement has been made official and the games are cancelled until 2021. Per the Wall Street Journal, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach by phone on Tuesday, and the two agreed that putting off the Games amid the coronavirus pandemic was the best plan of action.

No reschedule date has been announced, but the games "will be held by the summer of 2021 at the latest" according to the prime minister. When they do take place, the games will retain the branding of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, notes newser.

This will be the first Olympics postponed or canceled since 1940, when both Tokyo and then Helsinki had to pull out of hosting due to World War II. The games were ultimately canceled.