1940 Winter Olympics
The anticipated 1940
Winter Olympics, which would have been officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games, were to be celebrated in 1940 in Sapporo, Japan.
The games were cancelled due to the onset of
World War II. Sapporo was selected to be the host of the fifth edition Winter Olympics scheduled February 3-12, 1940, but Japangave the Games back to the IOC in July 1938, after the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese Warin 1937.
The IOC then decided to give the Winter Olympics to
St Moritz, Switzerland, which had hosted in 1928. Due to controversies between the Swiss organizing team and the IOC, the Games were withdrawn again.
In the spring of 1939, the IOC gave the 1940 Winter Olympics, now scheduled for February 2-11, to
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where the previous 1936 games had been held. Three months later Germany invaded Polandon September 1st to ignite World War II, and the Winter Games were cancelled in November. Likewise, the 1944 games, awarded in 1939 to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, were cancelled in 1941.
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