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AFP
April 4, 2020

Farah has no qualms over Tokyo Olympics delay

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AFP
April 4, 2020

LONDON: British distance great Mo Farah has insisted he still intends to compete at the Tokyo Olympics even though they have been delayed a year by the coronavirus.

Last week saw the 2020 Games postponed due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Farah will have celebrated his 38th birthday by the time of the rescheduled Games and there are concerns that athletes who had planned to be in peak form this year may not reach the same heights in 12 months’ time.

But the four-time Olympic gold medallist backed the postponement and was adamant it would not affect his ability to compete. “In a way we could have been in a far worse situation,” Farah told Talksport radio on Friday.

Farah, who won Olympics gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games, added a delay was preferable to trying to fit in an Olympics without sufficient training time and warm-up races. “I would probably need about six, seven, eight races beforehand to see what kind of shape I am in,” explained Farah. “It is what it is and it gives us another year of preparation.