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Olympics Have Been Canceled Because Of War. But We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This.

Senior writer Neil Paine reached out to Bill Mallon, former president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, to provide some historical context on the unprecedented postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Tony Chow is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.