CLEVELAND — The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan have been pushed back to 2021 because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
The news broke this morning after reports over the weekend, and now we're starting to get reaction from the sports world.
Dominique Moceanu, who won gold with Team USA Gymnastics in 1996 in Atlanta, says the decision was the right one, adding, "Having so many countries congregate together from all over the world only poses more risk and harm at this point."
And even though 2021 seems like a long time from now, Moceanu says there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. Questions like will the athletes who qualified, stay qualified, and will the athletes who planned to retire after 2020 stay through or hang it up?
All of these seemingly smaller considerations, Moceanu says, "end up being big things behind the scenes."
Even though we have to hold off for another year before we watch our favorite athletes in Tokyo, Moceanu is staying optimistic.
"The Olympics are going to be fabulous and spectacular no matter when they are held," she said. "We just have to wait a little bit longer for all of us fans that were anxiously awaiting them this summer."
Team USA Rugby player Carlin Isles was one of the athletes getting ready to compete this summer. He's also looking on the bright side, calling the delay, "Just another year to get better and work on the little things I know I can do to get better."