Rare XII Olympiad Tokyo Adv Fan 1940 Canceled Olympics

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  • Sold Date: Jul 09, 2008
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This very rare vintage fan was to be distributed at the XII Olympiad Tokyo 1940 which was never held. It was produced by The Organizing Committee of The XIIth Olympiad, Tokyo Japan 1940. It is celery green paper over splayed bamboo with a 9" bamboo handle and is 16" long overall. Approx. 6" wide with black lettering. It has some very slight wear from storage but in excellent condition for it's age. See photos and email with any questions prior to bidding.
The anticipated 1940 Summer Olympics, which were to be officially known as Games of the XII Olympiad and originally programmed to be celebrated between September 21 and October 6, 1940 in Tokyo, Empire of Japan, were cancelled due to World War II. The Games were retracted from Tokyo by the IOC due to the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. They were awarded to the runner-up Helsinki, Finland, and were scheduled to be celebrated between July 20 to August 4, 1940. When World War II broke out, the Summer Games were cancelled indefinitely - resuming in London in 1948. [emphasis added]

Interesting, no? The International Olympic Committee and the People's Republic of China all lecture us up and down that the Olympics are "a sporting competition" which "shouldn't be turned into a political forum."

Yet in 1937, the IOC, on POLITICAL GROUNDS, found it within itself
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