United States women's national soccer team forward Alex Morgan said it was the "right decision" to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Morgan, who was planning a rigorous training schedule so she could play in Tokyo despite a due date in April for her first child, told Macaela MacKenzie of Glamour delaying the Games is the "best decision to level the playing field for all athletes in all events."
"Overall it's just the right decision," she said. "I tried to look at it more from a team perspective, but I couldn't help but think of myself with all of the stress that's going on from the coronavirus on top of trying to get back in shape in such a short amount of time."
Morgan said she was questioned about starting a family with her husband, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco, at the height of her career with the Olympics on the horizon.
"Casual fans of the game were just like, 'Why would she do something like that during the peak of her career?'" she told MacKenzie. "It's not like women can't do both—our bodies are incredible—it's the fact that this world isn't really set up for women to thrive. That was one thing where I was like, 'Do I want to be public with this?' This is my body, my family, my life."
She added: "I thought to myself, 'I have the support in place to be able to come back. There's no reason for me to stop just to start a family.'"
Now the 30-year-old California native will have an extra year to prepare for the Games after the International Olympic Committee announced they are now scheduled to start July 23, 2021.
Morgan has helped the U.S. win three major tournaments—the 2012 Olympic gold medal and the 2015 and 2019 World Cup titles—during her decorated career. She's recorded 107 goals, which is tied for fifth in USWNT history, in 169 international appearances.
Along with the national team, she also plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League.