Helsinki 1952

Helsinki 1952

In 1938 Helsinki had been appointed to host the 1940 Olympic Games after Tokyo relinquished the duties because of its war with China. But by the end of April 1940 it was apparent that the entire world was affected by the war and the decision was made to cancel the Games. All of that planning provided a firm foundation for the 1952 Olympic Games, which ended up so well-organized that some observers suggested the Games be held permanently in Scandinavia.