GAMES, CANCELLED OLYMPIC
The Olympics had to be cancelled five times, each time because of World War. The first time was in 1916 when the games were due to be held in Berlin. But the Germans, who had started hostilities decided to cancel of their own accord. Then both Summer and Winter games in 1940 had to be cancelled because of the Second World War which had started a year earlier. The Summer games were to have been held in Tokyo, but when Japan went to war with China that was no longer possible. Helsinki was chosen as the replacement, but it was invaded by Soviet troops. Four years later, the war was still raging and both Winter and Summer games of 1944 were also cancelled. The Summer games were to have been held in London and that city finally held them in 1948 once peace had been restored.