Postponement of Tokyo 2020 latest dark moment in Olympic Games history

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The postponement of Tokyo 2020 until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic is the latest instalment in the chequered history of the Olympic Games.

Two world wars saw the Games cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 while terrorism left its mark on the Olympics in 1972 and 1996.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the darkest moments in Olympic Games history.

Berlin 1916

The Winter Youth Olympic Games Handout
The first winter sports were to be held at the Berlin summer Games in 1916 before World War I intervened (OIS/IOC)

Tokyo 1940

Athletics – Amateur Athletic Association Championships – White City
The Olympic Games came to Tokyo in 1964 after being cancelled in 1940 because of World War II (PA)

London 1944

Athletics – 1948 Summer Olympics – London
Athletes march at Wembley at the opening ceremony of the 1948 London Olympics, four years after they were originally due to be held (PA)

Munich 1972

The Munich Olympics were tainted by tragedy when the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took 11 Israel team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer. Police officers killed five of the eight Black September members during a failed attempt to rescue the hostages. The other three terrorists were captured, but later released in a hostage exchange following the hijacking of an aircraft. Competition continued after a 34-hour suspension and a memorial service, but the remaining members of the Israel team withdrew from the Games and left Munich.

Atlanta 1996

OLYMPICS Opening Ceremony1
The Centennial Olympic Games n Atlanta in 1996 were rocked by a deadly pipe bomb (Rebecca Naden/PA)

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