Tokyo 2020 During 2021: How Postponing the Olympics Impacted Athletes, the Host City & More

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Since the first modern Olympic Games, which were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, the Summer Games have only been canceled three times — once in 1916 during World War I and twice in the 1940s during World War II. Amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government announced the postponement of the Summer Games back in March — not a cancellation but still something unprecedented.

While the decision to move the Games is, undoubtedly, a wise one, there will also be some far-reaching consequences, not just for the Japanese economy and sponsors, but for the athletes who trained so hard for the chance to compete — and, most importantly, Japanese citizens, 80% of whom called for the Olympics to be outright canceled. Here, we're taking a look back at 2020 and how the postponement marked a huge moment in Olympics history.

Editor's Note: For the most up-to-date coverage, please check out our Tokyo 2020 Olympics: From Postponement to Calls for Cancellation, Here's Everything You Need to Know