NATALIE Powell has vowed to go for gold in next year's Olympic Games in Japan.

The global sporting spectacle was set to begin in Toyko in July with Builth Wells judoka Powell targeting selection for Team GB.

However yesterday (Tuesday) the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were postponed until next year due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Powell, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 2014, is currently ranked No3 in the world and in prime position for selection having medalled in three European Championships while also winning a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in 2017.

However now the Brecknockshire raised former Irfon Judo Club member must now put her dreams on hold.

Powell said: "The last few weeks have been really challenging from a mental point of view.

"Trying to keep positive and keep training when things are changing daily was really difficult.

"Now having had time to process it, I think it’s for the best for the vast majority of people. At least now the games can hopefully run in a safe and worry free environment next year and countries accross the world can concentrate on the safety of their people.

"I’m now feeing optimistic about the year ahead and will continue to do everything in my power to win Olympic gold in 2021."