In an unprecedented and unavoidable move, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese government agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics "to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021" due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It is the first time in modern Olympic history that a global health issue has disrupted the Games.
"The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present," the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said in a joint statement.
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What’s the impact to NASCAR?
The Olympics were scheduled for July 24-August 9. The NASCAR Cup Series had scheduled two consecutive off weeks during that time for NBC to provide coverage of the Olympics.
The move by the Olympics’ committee could allow NASCAR more options to reschedule races that have been postponed this season.
What about 2021?
With the Olympics now scheduled for sometime next summer, will NASCAR need/want to again plan the 2021 NASCAR schedule around the Olympics?