The Coronavirus is having a strong effect worldwide, and sport has not been immune to all the consequences of this terrible pandemic.
IN 124 YEARS, FROM THEIR REVIVAL BY PIERRE DE COUBERTIN UNTIL THIS WEEK’S DECISION TO POSTPONE THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO FROM 2020 TO 2021, THE OLYMPIC GAMES HAD NEVER BEEN POSTPONED. BUT THE 20TH CENTURY’S TWO WORLD WARS LED SEVERAL EDITIONS TO BE CANCELLED. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE GAMES THAT WERE CAUGHT IN THE UPHEAVALS OF MODERN HISTORY.
Tokyo will be my 20th Olympic Games. Ever since Sarajevo 1984, I have worked with every organizing committee, attended every Games, and experienced first-hand the complexity of what it takes to deliver the world's greatest event. Most importantly, I have come to appreciate how the great gathering of the youth of the world creates a magic that inspires us all when the athletes take center stage in the Olympic arena.