Athletes and federations react to new Olympic dates

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Silver medalist Elodie Clouvel of France poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Modern Pentathlon on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodoro Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Silver medalist Elodie Clouvel of France poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Modern Pentathlon on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodoro Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Athletes and international federations have given the thumbs up to the news that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will now take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021. Here are some of the latest reactions from around the world of sport.

Pita Taufatofua encouraged the world to show their love for Tokyo and the IOC by filling the stadiums, restaurants, hotels and venues when the Games take place next year.

FIBA3x3 started the countdown to the Olympic Games straight away with the sweet and simple message "480 days to go".

World Athletics released a statement expressing their support for the new dates and the fact that athletes will be able to ensure they're in top shape comes Games-time: "This gives our athletes the time they need to get back into training and competition."

Mexican diver Rommel Pacheco sent a timely reminder that the most important thing right now is to focus on the health of everyone.

Former artistic gymnast Shannon Miller is encouraging people around the world to mark the date in their calendars and "get ready to cheer."

The World Baseball Softball Confederation showed their approval for the new Olympic dates with a simple but effective thumbs up.

French modern pentathlete Elodie Clouvel responded to the news with the words “First, let’s eradicate this virus and stay home. The celebration will be held later and we’ll enjoy that battle together."