Coates said the Games will start as planned on July 23 "with or without COVID-19," stressing the Olympics has never been cancelled outside of world wars.
"But we are optimistic because we know we can do it because we have a fantastic partnership with Tokyo and an equally strong partnership with Beijing," he added.
"I have never paced, it was great experience to pace world record, I'm happy Hassan broke the world record but now I am going for my own event, 5,000m at Ostrava on Tuesday," Chelangat who is coached by Gabriel Kiptanui in Kericho, some 270km west of the capital Nairobi, told Xinhua on Monday.
The start of the race was done in smaller groups of a few hundred people, as opposed to the usual big launch of several thousand.
YINCHUAN, Sep. 6 (Xinhua) -- "Cycling 600 kilometers in 6 days! A wonderful trip to Qinghai Lake!" On 75-year-old Gu Dawo's WeChat Moments, this latest post has earned more than 100 likes. "It's not only an experience but also a challenge for me to complete the riding tour," Gu said of his first long ride on highlands over 3,000 meters above sea level.
PARIS, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Adam Yates retained the yellow jersey of the 2020 Tour de France after an arduous stage 8 on Saturday, as local rookie rider Nans Peters won the stage.
Farah held off Abdi to set a new mark of 21,330m while the Belgian trailed eight meters behind.
A survey by the organizers finally convinced the IPC. Results showed 90 percent of those surveyed could tell the emblem was for the Paralympic Winter Games without the illustration.
The 33-year-old striker, who came on after the interval, latched onto a through pass from teammate Wu Xi before sending it into the net in the 65th minute.
In March, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) postponed the 2021 AFCON qualifying matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Fifth seed Alexander Zverev from Germany said he was "in shock" after top seed Novak Djokovic was defaulted from the US Open on Sunday.