NELA Olympians react to Tokyo 2020 Olympics being postponed

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The International Olympic Committee announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday.

The IOC said that the games must be postponed beyond 2020 but no later than Summer 2021. Source: (KNOE)

The games were canceled in an effort to safeguard the health of the athletes and everyone involved.

The IOC said that the games must be postponed beyond 2020 but no later than Summer 2021.

Here in Northeast Louisiana, Olympians are sharing their reactions.

"As Olympians or future Olympians that we live out those Olympic ideas …that we care for each other and we can come together as a family and stand under something bigger than ourselves," said Hollis Conway, a 1988 silver medalist and 1992 bronze medalist. "Those Olympic ideas will help us deal with this pandemic."

While they are heartbroken about the decision, they say they understand it's for the best.

“It is bigger than the world games…we are talking about world health," said Jason Morgan, a 2012 Olympian. "If we can care about just not ourselves but [for] others across the world.”

The Olympic Games were postponed due to war in 1916, 1940 and 1944. This is the first time the games were postponed due to a pandemic.