‘I Have Not Been Contacted’: USWNT Star, Alex Morgan Calls Out Tokyo Olympics 2021 Organizers Over Late Policy Change

Published 07/01/2021, 8:05 AM EDT
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Carmelina Moscato of Canada battles with Alex Morgan of USA during the Women’s Football Semi Final match between Canada and USA, on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on August 6, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The Tokyo Olympics 2021 will happen during the coronavirus pandemic and hence there are many restrictions in place. One restriction has that athletes cannot bring any of their family members to Tokyo.


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But now the organizers have taken a decision because of heavy backlash and hence allowed nursing mothers to bring their children. And USWNT stalwart, Alex Morgan has given her opinion on the matter.

Alex Morgan of the USA celebrates after the USA defeated Japan at the Women’s Football Final match. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Alex Morgan herself is mother to a one-year-old. And she was annoyed by the statement from IOC that says that mothers can bring their children if ‘necessary’.


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Moreover, she has alleged that she has not been updated on the new protocols. And she scheduled to depart for Tokyo in one week.

“Still not sure what “when necessary” even means. Is that determined by the mother or the IOC? We are Olympic mothers telling you, it is NECESSARY.

“I have not been contacted about being able to bring my daughter with me to Japan and we leave in 7 days,” Alex Morgan tweeted.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa poses with the Olympic Symbol. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon – Pool/Getty Images)

What did the Tokyo Olympics 2021 organizers say?

“Given that the Tokyo 2020 Games will take place during a pandemic, overall we must, unfortunately, decline to permit athletes’ family members or other companions to accompany them to the Games.

“However, after careful consideration of the unique situation facing athletes with nursing children, we are pleased to confirm that, when necessary, nursing children will be able to accompany athletes to Japan,” the statement from the organizers.

Alex Morgan’s USWNT is a huge favorite to win the gold at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. She is a star striker for the soccer team having netted 110 goals in 178 appearances.

She is already an Olympic gold medallist having clinched the gold at the 2012 London Olympics. Moreover, she is also a two-time winner of the prestigious FIFA World Cup as well.


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The organizers have also confirmed that the children will have to stay outside the Olympic village as it is exclusive to athletes and coaches.

The late rule change to allow nursing mothers to bring their children will certainly clear the way for a lot of athletes to come to Tokyo.


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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.