Philip Barker: Why Tokyo 2020 can take heart from the 1970 Summer Universiade

Philip Barker

This should have been the end of the first week of competition at Tokyo 2020, but the Olympic arenas have of course been silent. Olympic organisers may draw some measure of encouragement that 50 years ago another major international multi-sport event which was successfully staged one year later than planned. The Universiade was originally scheduled for 1969 but it finally took place in 1970.