MUMBAI, July 31 -- Sports organisations including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be closely watching the National Basketball Association (NBA) which restarted the 2019-20 season on Thursday.

NBA has shared its experience of creating a bio-secure bubble with IOC which is working different scenarios for the Tokyo Olympics, now deferred to July 23-August 8, 2021. NBA in turn has learnt from top football leagues in Europe which completed 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),...