Mumbai, July 31 -- Sports organisations including the International OlympicCommittee(IOC)willbe closely watching the National Basketball Association (NBA) which restarted the 2019-20 season on Thursday.

NBAhasshareditsexperience of creating a bio-secure bubble withIOCwhichisworkingdifferent scenarios for the Tokyo Olympics, now deferred to July 23-August 8, 2021. NBA in turn has learnt from top football leaguesinEuropewhichcompleted the season after being stalled for months due to Covid-19, said Mark Tatum, deputy commissioner of NBA. The leagues are fighting the pandemic together, he said.

"I have not been directly in contact with the IOC, but...I am on the executive committee of Fiba (international basketball federation), and obviousl...