VICKY THORNLEY believes cancelling the Tokyo Olympic Games because of coronavirus would be "unthinkable".

Thornley, who hails from Wrexham, became the first Welsh women to win an Olympic rowing medal when she teamed up with Katherine Grainger to take silver in the double sculls at Rio 2016.

The 32-year-old also competed in London 2012, but is still excited by the chance to represent Great Britain this summer.

"This Olympics will be the culmination of 13 years of my life and the training I've put in," Thornley told BBC Sport Wales.

"As much as I've been to two other Games, every Games is the most important one at the time so of course it would be unthinkable for the Olympics not to continue and they will do as much as they can to run it.

"And I think there's still quite a long time until then.

"So I put my trust in the people who organise it and yes, it's the pinnacle of our sport and you get to show the world what you've prepared in the last four years in your biggest performance on the day."

Thornley, who knows people's health must be the priority, took a big step towards Team GB selection after winning the single sculls at the British Trials at Caversham.

And the St Asaph-born athlete is looking to add another medal to her collection if selected to head to Japan.

"That's what I'm focusing on still. The goal hasn't changed," continued Thornley.

"It never gets any easier to win the final trials. It's a big stepping stone on the road to Tokyo now.

"It's about keeping things in perspective. People's health is the most important thing."

If Thornley does qualify for Tokyo, she will become the first British female single sculler to be selected for an Olympic Games since Alison Mowbray at Sydney 2000.

"Waking up that first morning (in January), I was like 'this is the biggest year of my life so far'," she said.

"It's always been my dream. I've always looked on at the single scullers over the years and thought I'd love to be quick enough to be competitive for a medal at the Olympic Games.

"In the single, if you're having a bad day the whole boat is having a bad day. It's very exposing but I love that because it challenges me."

World Rowing, meanwhile, has postponed the third World Cup of the season due to take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from May 22-24.

It follows their announcement last week calling off the first two World Cups which were to have been held in Italy.

The final Olympic qualification regatta which was to precede the World Cup in Lucerne has also been abandoned with new criteria for Tokyo yet to be decided.

A decision has yet to be taken on the European Championships due to take place in Poznan, Poland from 5-7 June with another announcement from FISA, the world governing body, expected on Tuesday 17 March.