USA Swimming pushing to postpone Olympics until 2021

The illuminated Olympic rings float in the water as the Rainbow Bridge and the Tokyo Tower are visible in the distance Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — USA Swimming is asking U.S. Olympic officials to push for the Tokyo 2020 games to be delayed.

In a letter to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic committee, USA Swimming said postponing the games is in the best interests of the athletes.

"As this global pandemic has grown, we have watched our athletes’ worlds be turned upside down and watched them struggle to find ways to continue to prepare and train – many for the biggest competitive opportunity of their lives."

The committee responded that there is plenty of time before the games and that no decisions need to be made right now.

The opening ceremony for the games is scheduled for July 24.