World’s greatest Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge is confident the world will emerge victorious in this fight against COVID-19 which has affected over 6,00,000 people around the globe. The Kenyan great, who holds the world record in the marathon with a time of 2:01:39, revealed he is focussed on the safety of his near and dear ones and understood the importance of not taking the virus lightly. Also Read - Leander Paes Ready With His 'New Version' But Concerned About Tokyo Olympics Future
“We will win this fight against the COVID-19. I am totally concentrating on my safety, I am totally concentrating on the safety of the whole family. The virus has really hit us in a hard way. That’s why you need to focus.” Also Read - If Tokyo Olympics Next Year Get Cancelled, Won't Wait For Paris 2024: Leander Paes
Kipchoge revealed he was relaxing at home when the news of the Tokyo Games getting postponed till next year surfaced. However, 35-year-old believes rescheduling the Summer Games could actually turn out well for his title defence. Also Read - Javelin Ace Neeraj Chopra Recommended For Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by AFI, PT Usha Nominated for Dronacharya
“I was a little shocked and I had to go back, just to think more. I think and then I said, ‘it’s not a bad idea to actually postpone’. You know the Olympic Games is whereby everybody wants to participate … it’s in the dreams of every sportsman in this world. It’s a great time for us to go back, train again and we will come back with a lot of energy,” he said.
Kipchoge sounded confident of having one final Olympics run but in the meantime, he missed the camaraderie of running with his teammates, hanging out with them afterwards and telling stories.
“It’s hard to run alone. When you have people around, the pace is okay, you just talk when you are running. You enjoy the run,” said Kipchoge, who hopes to resume serious training by May.
“I am seeing myself still running again in 2021. Let the year ahead (come) first, we will make a big decision after the year ended. Have some steps to run on, just let us keep fit. Read some newspapers, be with the family, watch good movies together. Together within a couple of months to come, this COVID-19 will go away. My priority number one is to get the virus away, come back with one mind, one thinking, one line of actually standing and competing.”