US Soccer star Carli Lloyd says Olympic postponement is 'disappointing, but the right call'

Lloyd scored twice in the United States' 2019 World Cup-winning campaign (PA Images)
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US soccer star Carli Lloyd believes the postponement of the Olympics is the 'right call' although she is 'disappointed'.

Lloyd and her US team-mates were aiming to achieve back-to-back gold medals this summer in Tokyo but they will now have to wait until 2021.

Olympic bosses confirmed today that they were pushing back the games for a year due to the coronavirus.

Lloyd said: "I think that what's going on right now is an unprecedented event and the majority of us have never been through something like this before.

"It's affected the globe and it's a tough call. Olympics happen every four years, this isn't just a yearly thing so there's a lot that has to go into account but this is bigger than sports.

"It's bigger than an Olympics and I think it was definitely the right call. Disappointed, you obviously look forward to this, as all the other athletes are around the world. 

"But I think for the safety of everybody it's definitely the best thing," she told ABC News.

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Lloyd recently said she believed that she and her husband had coronavirus in February and that she felt 'lost' in self-isolation.