And while there may not be spectators in the various venues, it will once again be a spectacle to remember as long as there is no further delay to the festival.
In the meantime, here are 9 retro photos from South Tyneside and each of them have an Olympic connection.
Were you pictured meeting Olympic star Nick Gillingham or at a mini Olympics at South Shields library?
Were you there on the day the Olympic torch came to the borough? We have all this and more in this collection of Shields Gazette archive photos.
1. Ringing a bell in 2012
A Mini Olympics event at South Shields library in 2012. Can you spot someone you know?
Photo: Stu Norton
2. Meeting a star
Olympic star Nick Gillingham was a big hit when he visited King George V School in 2005. Does this bring back great memories?
3. Ready on the track
These Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club members were pictured 16 years ago as they looked forward to the next Olympics. Are you pictured?
4. A special moment for Brendan
The Olympic Torch is carried on the Leas by Brendan Foster watched by waiting crowds. Were you there?
Photo: Craig Leng