Sweden, Canada call postponement of women’s football gold medal match at Tokyo Olympics – .

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Sweden, Canada call postponement of women’s football gold medal match at Tokyo Olympics – .


Team United States midfielder Julie Ertz arrives to face Team Canada forward Christine Sinclair in the soccer semifinal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Kashima, Japan on August 2, 2020. Canada will meet Sweden in the gold medal game, which both teams would love to see moved to a later start.

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Sweden and Canada have asked Olympic organizers to postpone what is expected to be a hotly contested gold medal women’s soccer game on Friday at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium later today to avoid the sweltering heat of the Japanese summer. .

Track-side temperatures at the athletics stadium hit 40 degrees earlier this week, and with the women’s medal match set to take place at 11:00 a.m. local time (02:00 GMT), both sides have expressed concerns about the well-being of the players.

“I myself have been in contact with [soccer governing body] FIFA wrote to them today, so that’s about where the situation is today, ”Marika Domanski Lyfors, Sweden’s women’s team manager, told reporters.

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“It’s mainly about the health of the players that we are thinking about and trying to change the weather of the game. There’s a pretty big difference between playing in the afternoon or in the evening, and we’re very exposed to heat and heat, ”she said.

Temperatures reach 40 ° C in the Olympic Stadium on August 1, 2021.

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The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) said it had also written to the International Olympic Committee (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 it would clearly be better for the performance and the game to have the opportunity to play it later. Canada has exactly the same opinion, ”said Domanski Lyfors.

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