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War again

When Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939 the world was at war again.

Even before this, the Games for 1940 ran into obstacles. Tokyo was invited to host the 12th Olympic Games. When it became obvious in 1938 that war between Japan and China was imminent, the Games was moved to Helsinki.

Even after the Second World War began, the International Olympic Committee still hoped the Helsinki could still play host. It was only after Russia invaded Finland that it became obvious that there would be know Games in 1940.

In 1944 the International Olympic Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was supposed to be the year of the 13th Modern Olympic Games, but with the world at war there was no hope for such an event. These Games were supposed to have been hosted by London.

In a Polish prisoner of war camp the inmates decided to organise a token mini Olympics in 1944.