The 37-year-old Somalia-born British track legend added he will treat the 10,000 metres as just "another race."
His words come as recent polls in Japan show 80% of the public believe the Olympics should not happen with virus cases surging — or will not happen.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: No Summer Games next year likely means no Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 either, says IOC member Dick Pound
The Beijing Winter Olympics are scheduled for 4 to 20 February, 2022, just six months after the Tokyo Summer Games, which are now set to be held from 23 July to 8 August, 2021 after being pushed back a year by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe, IOC president Thomas Bach to hold talks about rescheduling Games
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a telephonic conversation with IOC president Thomas Bach regarding a possible rescheduling of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at 11:00 GMT (4:30 pm IST) on Tuesday.
Coronavirus pandemic: 'No May deadline for taking call on Tokyo Olympics', says IOC Coordination Commission Chairman John Coates
Dick Pound, a former IOC vice president, said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: With Japan reeling due to coronavirus outbreak, what next for the Summer Games?
The spreading virus from China has been reported in more than 60 countries and puts the Tokyo Olympics at risk. The Olympics are to open on 24 July — less than five months away. The Paralympics follow on 25 August.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: No change to badminton qualification period despite coronavirus impact, says BWF
Badminton World Federation said on Friday it is not making any adjustments to the Olympic qualification period despite a host of events being impacted by the coronavirus in the lead-up to the Tokyo Games, which start in July.
Tokyo Olympics 2020's fate in face of threat from coronavirus rests in hands of IOC President Thomas Bach
Having pumped more than $12 billion over nearly a decade into preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan’s dream is at risk from the coronavirus — and one man may have the final say: Thomas Bach.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: There's no 'Plan B' for Games despite alarm over spread of coronavirus, reiterates Japanese official
Tokyo has no Plan B for this year’s Summer Olympics despite alarm over the spread of the coronavirus in Japan and elsewhere with under five months before the event, a senior official said on Friday.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC President Thomas Bach tries to boost morale about Games in face of coronavirus threat
IOC President Thomas Bach tries to boost morale in Japan with media interview about Tokyo Olympics 2020 in face of coronavirus threat
Tokyo Olympics 2020 organisers consider scaling down torch relay amid concerns over coronavirus outbreak
Tokyo Olympics officials are considering scaling down the torch relay due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the chief executive of the organising committee said on Wednesday.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe calls for two-week curbs on sports events as coronavirus looms over Games
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called for sports and cultural events to be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks as the country battles to stem coronavirus contagion amid mounting concerns the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled
Tokyo Olympics 2020: IOC member Dick Pound says Games could be cancelled if coronavirus isn't controlled in next three months
Pound said he would not favour a dispersal of events over various venues because that wouldn't constitute an Olympics
WADA's first president Dick Pound lays out agency's three significant achievements ahead of its 20th anniversary
In spite of the problems that Pound sees in cleaning up the sport, the Canadian is genuinely proud of the work and achievements of WADA, especially the World Anti-Doping Code
Pound, who was WADA's inaugural president from 1999-2007 and sits on its Foundation Board, wrote in his blog for influential sports politics website InsideTheGames that those demanding WADA be overhauled had their own personal agendas.
Winter Olympics 2018: IOC asks 'unhappy' Dick Pound to quit after he called committee members ‘old farts’
The 75-year-old Pound, a 1960 Olympics swimming participant who joined the IOC in 1978 and is a two-time former vice president, has been a vocal critic in the media of the IOC’s handling of the Russian doping scandal for two years.
Winter Olympics 2018: Pyeongchang Games set to get underway with North-South Korean relations at centrestage
When the Olympic flame is lit in Pyeongchang, a previously little-known corner of South Korea, around 3,000 athletes from all over the world will compete for a record 102 gold medals in 15 sports until 25 February.
Winter Olympics 2018: Ex-WADA chief Dick Pound slams IOC move to allow 168 'clean' Russian athletes to compete
Pound said Russia's ban could be lifted without it acknowledging its conduct or even committing to stopping it and also said that the IOC had failed to protect whistleblowers.
Maria Sharapova said she received an e-mail with a link to the revised list of banned substances but never clicked on it to learn the drug she had taken since 2006 had been put on the banned list, WADA having seen it used as an improper energy and stamina helper.