Double Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan has asked for perspective from the sporting community over COVID-19 ©Getty Images

Double Olympic trampoline champion Rosie MacLennan has called the coronavirus pandemic "so much bigger than sport" in a statement on Instagram, where she asked people to support those in need.

The Canadian, who is the back-to-back women's individual champion from London 2012 and Rio 2016, said that although it is difficult for athletes to train in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the health care system is more important.

"Events have been (rightfully) cancelled or postponed and while we try and continue preparations as best we can, how far behind will we fall?" she said.

"On the other hand, is that what we should be focusing on right now? 

"This pandemic is so much bigger than sport.

"It's hard for athletes to have so much uncertainty but then my mind goes to the health care system and the health care workers that are about to be hit hard."

MacLennan also mentioned members of her family, including her brother-in-law who works in health care and her grandmother who is at high-risk due to prior health conditions.

She added: "It's an honour to be a part of Team Canada, but let's put this in perspective – I am a part of the true Team Canada that is 37 million strong.

"Instead of wondering what's going to happen in an uncertain future, let us all focus on what we, the #TeamCanada of 37 million, can do each day to help temper the impact of this pandemic in Canada and globally."

MacLennan is the first trampoline athlete to have successfully defended their title at the Olympics and she became the first Canadian in an individual event to do so at a Summer Olympics when she won gold again in Rio.

COVID-19, a form of coronavirus, has had 223,000 confirmed cases to date with more than 9,000 people dying as a result.