Olympics-Soccer-Swedes, Canada ask for women's gold-medal match to be moved
By Philip O'Connor
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - Sweden and Canada have asked Olympic organizers to postpone what is likely to be the hotly contested women's gold medal game on Friday at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium to avoid the sweltering heat of the Japanese summer.
Temperatures along the track in the athletics stadium reached 40 degrees earlier this week and with the women's medal game set to take place at 1100 local time (0200 GMT), both sides have raised concerns about the well-being of the players.
"I myself had contact with the (football governing body) FIFA today and wrote to them, so the situation today is approximate," Marika Domanski Lyfors, head of the Swedish women's team, told reporters.
"We think about the health of the players first and foremost and we try to change the playing time. There is quite a big difference between playing in the afternoon or in the evening and we are very exposed to the warmth and heat." She said.
The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) said they have written with Canada to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to see if the game could be postponed.
"If we have to play at 11 o'clock in the morning then we are prepared, but it would of course be much better for the performance and the game to have the opportunity to play it later. Canada have exactly the same opinion." said Domanski Lyfors.
(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Shri Navratnam)
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