US soccer star Megan Rapinoe believes athletes were 'relieved' Olympics were cancelled

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US soccer star Megan Rapinoe believes athletes were 'relieved' to hear the Olympics had been postponed for a year.

"I don't think any athletes are out there saying, 'No, we should have [the Olympics this July]'. Everyone was saddened, of course. It's frustrating. It's hard," she told Women's Health.

"But I think athletes were relieved in a way, too, because it would have been a lot of stress to try to continue training, find safe places to train, and to manage it all at this time."

Rapinoe, who was aiming for a gold medal at Tokyo with the US soccer team, was speaking as she looks to add another string to her bow while she waits for football to resume.

She is set to host 'Progidy', a docu-series launched on mobile streaming site Quibi which follows young sports stars in their pursuit to become the best.

She said: "You're in the thick of their emotions right now, and the pressures, and what they're sacrificing, and how they're going through their daily lives. That's a story that we don't really have in sports that much."

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