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Canada, Sweden ask for time change for women's soccer final due to heat

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Isn't it ultimately the American TV networks who decide when which events happen at what time? They're the ones who essentially own the IOC.

I'd guess that there's not much of an audience in the US for any event that doesn't involve US athletes, so I can see this request being granted.

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And well they should.

And if FIFA denies both teams' request, the girls should all forfeit the match.

18 ( +21 / -3 )

Definitely! 11AM is ridiculous.

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Asiaman7: "Japan is set to play Mexico at 20:00 in the bronze medal game that same day. Why not switch times? — particularly since the gold medal game should be given precedence."

That makes too much sense. Better to just stick with showing the Japan men, who will draw more of a domestic crowd to the televisions, in the evening, and keep the foreign women playing for gold in the midday sun. They are not "samurai Japan", after all.

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Japan is set to play Mexico at 20:00 in the bronze medal game that same day. Why not switch times? — particularly since the gold medal game should be given precedence.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

You’d think, knowing the heat from the sun in Japanese summer, they’d put a roof on top of that olympic stadium……….

but like others said, that’s too logical for Japan.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

"You’d think, knowing the heat from the sun in Japanese summer, they’d put a roof on top of that olympic stadium……….

A closed roof was in the original design, but scrapped due to "fiscal concerns".

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Swedish and Canadian people would have genuine trouble handling that heat and humidity, let alone running around in it for 90 minutes.

Changing it to a cooler time would be logical, but we have seen that the IOC does NOT place a high priority on safety.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

tennis players had their matches moved to 3p.m. after complaining about the mid-day heat.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Good for them. These two teams seem to understand the importance of balancing health and sport.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Last night, we waited to walk the dog until after 7pm, when it cooled down a little. We had to cut our usual 30 min walk in half.

And, I thought I'd do a little yard work this morning at 9am, before it got to hot. I had to stop after 15 minutes.

I can't imagine running around on a humongous soccer pitch for 90 mins in this blistering humid hellscape.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

This is probably why the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were held in October.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

NBC pays billions of dollars but as someone else said, USA team is out and not much USA following for this game. Could be changed.

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Japan is set to play Mexico at 20:00 in the bronze medal game that same day. 

‘coz the locals will be in the office or at school so won’t get to see their team play.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Isn't it ultimately the American TV networks who decide

America no longer has any dogs in the race. Why should they care?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Why is the bronze medal match taking place AFTER the gold medal match? To protect the Japanese athletes?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Canada, Sweden ask for time change

Two countries that are definitely not used to this type of heat.

with temperatures above 10037 degrees C.

Either that is a typo or the temperatures were greater than those on the surface of the sun.

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Just don’t compete and grab even 22 gold medals. What is possible in high jumping must be also fairly be possible in women’s soccer.

Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar both took the gold for the men's high jump in a truly heartwarming decision.

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Just don’t compete and grab even 22 gold medals. What is possible in high jumping must be also fairly be possible in women’s soccer.

True, if high jumpers can choose to share gold, other athletes should too. But in this case they will go to a countback, for example goals scored minus goals conceded thru the tournament.

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Jind

Request denied by IOC.

Incorrect. The game has been rescheduled to 9pm.

https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/football/olympic-schedule-and-results-date=2021-08-06.htm

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LOL and Asian, Latin Americans, Africans can't handle the cold?"

How many Africans and Latinos are winning gold medals at Winter Olympics, LOL ?

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So, they were moved to the hottest time of day? Were they being punished for making the request?

Thanks to the idiotic way the clocks are set in Japan (it gets dark by 7PM even in the summer), I think 3PM is a couple of hours past the hottest time of the day.

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Thanks to the idiotic way the clocks are set in Japan (it gets dark by 7PM even in the summer),

Clocks are set appropriately for the time zone. There's nothing"idiotic" about it.

And, it only starts getting dark at 7pm.

I think 3PM is a couple of hours past the hottest time of the day.*

You think wrong. Do you actually live here?

If you want confirmation, just look at any hourly weather forecast.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Just fly them up to Sapporo Dome for the final. Infrastructure is already in place.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Good to see social distancing being carried out-as always in the ‘safe’ Olympics…

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Good to see social distancing being carried out-as always in the ‘safe’ Olympics…

I’m sure you’d love to be in there amongst them too

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Forfeiting the match if they don’t get the time change, as suggested by one poster, would seem more than a tad counter-productive.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Did any other country get such a request honored for their sport? If so, then precedent is established, and there's no arguement. If not, then it opens a Pandora's box of questions pertaining to the "fairness" from other countries who will claim they didn't get as fair a shake to compete as the women's football event might get.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Tennis players had their matches moved to 3p.m. after complaining about the mid-day heat

So, they were moved to the hottest time of day? Were they being punished for making the request?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Request denied by IOC.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I have been going rock climbing for the past 3 months and the weather has been like being in a red hot oven. It's 2 hours I do and longer than a football game.

Athletes are fitter than me and should be able to endure the 90 minutes game. Thy should be given at least one break each half to refresh. I carry gaterode with me.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I, in my mid 30’s, played football regularly during these summer months, at midday, on dusty dirt grounds.

What I would have given for a lush green grassy pitch

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Did any other country get such a request honored for their sport? If so, then precedent is established, and there's no arguement. If not, then it opens a Pandora's box of questions pertaining to the "fairness" from other countries who will claim they didn't get as fair a shake to compete as the women's football event might get.

Exactly!

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

"Swedish and Canadian people would have genuine trouble handling that heat and humidity, let alone running around in it for 90 minutes."

LOL and Asian, Latin Americans, Africans can't handle the cold?

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Olympians should be able to play in all weather. They are olympians

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

No and No!

We in Tokyo have to deal with road closures, expressway surcharges causing heavier traffic on local roads, forcing people to take public transportation during a surge in covid.

You chose to come here despite major opposition to having the games, you were all warned of the heat and humidity,

If we have to deal with it well tough luck, deal with it!

-11 ( +13 / -24 )

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