This year is a very special year for the Olympic Games. It will be the first time that an Olympic Games will be held in a year that doesn’t fall within the usual four year span. This is due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Tokyo 2020 Games were supposed to be held last July, but, due to the seriousness of the pandemic, they had to be postponed. The new starting date for the Games will be July 23, 2021. However, they will still be called the Tokyo 2020 Games for branding and marketing purposes.
Even though this is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed, it’s not the first time where outside factors had an effect on the Games. The 1914 Summer Olympics that were supposed to be held in Berlin, Germany were cancelled due to World War I. Similarly, the same thing happened to the Summer Olympic Games of 1940 and 1944. World War II caused not one, but both of these Games to be cancelled.
Even those these Games didn’t occur, there have still been many successful Games all over the world from the first in 1896 to present day. Many teams have come and gone but the statistics still stand tall. Out of every team to ever compete, the most consistent country, and the one with the most overall medals, is the United States of America. But that doesn’t mean other countries haven’t won a decent amount as well.
But, despite the unique circumstance of this year’s Games, every country competing is sure to come out strong and will be determined to win as many of those Olympic medals as they can. Just take a look at how some of them have done over the years!