1940 Summer Olympics

12th edition of the modern Summer Olympics, scheduled in Tokyo in 1940, rescheduled in Helsinki, and later canceled due to World War II

The 1940 Summer Olympics, officially known as Games of the XII Olympiad, were not held.

The games were planned for Tokyo in Japan, but the Japanese organizers withdrew in 1938 because of the Second Sino-Japanese War.[1]

In 1938, the International Olympic Committee decided to hold the games at Helsinki in Finland.[2]

The games were cancelled because of World War II.[3]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Organizing Committee of the XIIth Olympiad. (1940). [https://web.archive.org/web/20080626081911/http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1940/OR1940.pdf Archived 2008-06-26 at the Wayback Machine Report of the Organizing Committee on Its Work for the XIIth Olympic Games of 1940 in Tokyo Until the Relinquishment, p. 177 [201 of 207 PDF]]; retrieved 2012-7-25.
  2. Morin, Relman "Japan Abandons Olympics Because of War," The Evening Independent (US). July 14, 1938, p. 6; Organizing Committee, [https://web.archive.org/web/20080626081911/http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1940/OR1940.pdf Archived 2008-06-26 at the Wayback Machine Introduction by Matsuzo Nagai, p. vi [9 of 207 PDF]]; retrieved 2012-7-25.
  3. Zarnowski, C. Frank. "A Look at Olympic Costs," Archived 2018-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Citius, Altius, Fortius (US). Summer 1992, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 22 [7 of 17 PDF]; retrieved 2012-7-25.

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