Veteran sportscaster Bob Costas has made his opinion on this year's Winter Olympics set to take place in China extremely clear.
The longtime sportscaster, who has been on hand for some notable Olympic events, appeared on CNN on Sunday night to discuss the upcoming China Games.
Costas criticized the International Olympics Committee for giving the Winter Games to China.
“We should preface this by saying that no one could have anticipated COVID, no matter what the venue is,” Costas said. “But the IOC deserves all of the disdain and disgust that comes their way for going back to China yet again. They were in Beijing in 2008. They go to Sochi in 2014. They’re shameless about this stuff. And so, this takes place not only amid COVID, as did the Tokyo Games of a year ago. But as you mention, the restrictions on press freedom and the sense that everyone there is being monitored in some way.”
NBC Sports has the television rights for the Winter Olympics. The network has already announced that the majority of its coverage will be remote.
Costas expects NBC to address China's human rights issues at the start of the Winter Olympics.
“I would anticipate … (NBC) will acknowledge the issues at the beginning and then address them only if something specific that cannot be ignored happens during the course of the Games.”
The Winter Olympics are set to begin on Feb. 4.