1944 canceled Olympic Games

London was actually awarded the 1944 Games, but due to the ongoing war it was not held. The IOC still count these years as the Games of the XIII Olympiad, but with no Games.

The ballot to choose the host city was held in June 1939. Competing hosts were Rome, Detroit, Lausanne, Athens, Budapest, Helsinki, Montreal and London, with London, England, United Kingdom winning on the first ballot. The scheduled Games were canceled due to ongoing fighting in World War II. Because of the cancelation, London went on to host the 1948 Summer Olympics, awarded without an election.


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