The coronavirus pandemic has hit the biggest sporting event in the world – the Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee postponed the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo for about a year. The event was scheduled to start July 24, 2020 in Tokyo.
The games, which had been scheduled to end August 9, 2020, will take place no later than summer 2021. The Paralympic Games had been scheduled for August 25 to September 6, 2020.
NBC is the US broadcast rights holder to all Summer and Winter Games through the year 2032. The company is working with its advertisers to prepare for the rescheduled events next year.
The agreement comes after rising calls around the world to cancel or postpone the games. The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee withdrew from the 2020 Summer Games over the weekend. Canadian officials also requested the IOC to postpone the Olympics until the next year.
The postponement of the Olympics follows a slew of season suspensions for professional sports around the world due to coronavirus. The NBA, NHL, and MLB have all delayed or suspended games. The NFL canceled the in-person event for the 2020 draft, which was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on April 23, 2020. The NFL has not yet made a decision on whether or not to delay or suspend its next season, which starts in September 2020.