Sweden and Canada want the women’s Olympic final to be SCHEDULED on Friday to avoid temperatures of 40 degrees during the day… with both teams pushing for an evening kick-off
Sweden and Canada have asked Olympic organizers to postpone Friday’s hotly contested women’s gold medal football game to later in the day to avoid the sweltering heat of Japan’s summer.
The track temperature at the athletics stadium reached 40°C earlier this week, and as the women’s gold medal match will take place at 11am local time – 2am BST, both sides have expressed concerns for the well-being of the players at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
“I contacted FIFA myself today and wrote to them, so that’s roughly where the situation is now,” said Marika Domanski-Lyfors, the head coach of the Swedish team.
Sweden and Canada have asked the organizers of the Olympic Games to move the women’s football final
Sweden head coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors is looking for the gold medal match to be held tonight
“It’s primarily about the health of the players that we think about and about changing the time of the game.
“There’s a pretty big difference between playing in the afternoon or evening, and we’re very exposed to the heat and heat.
The Swedish Football Association also said it had written to the IOC with Canada to see if the match could be moved.
“If we have to play at 11 in the morning then we are prepared, but obviously it would be much better to have the opportunity to play it later before the gig and the game,” added Domanski-Lyfors.
“Canada has exactly the same opinion.”
Sweden defeated Australia in their semifinals, while Canada stunned the world champions USA to reach the Olympic final on Friday.