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IOC: NBA to cut season to allow players to compete in Tokyo

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Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attends an interview after the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2020. (File Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)


BERLIN (Reuters)

Team owners and the NBA players’ association have agreed on a shortened season to allow players from the world’s best league to compete in next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday (November 11).

“The owners of NBA teams have agreed with the players’ association on an early and shortened NBA season starting on December 22,” Bach told a news conference.

“This will allow the best basketball players to play at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“This is what the players want. This is what the movement wants and many National Olympic Committees want very much. It is excellent news.”

The Tokyo Games were due to be held in 2020 but were postponed to start in July 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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