Due to the extreme heat in Tokyo, the gold medal women’s soccer match between Sweden and Canada at the 2020 Summer Games will be pushed back 10 hours from its scheduled start time on Friday, Olympics officials announced Thursday.
“To continue to provide the best possible conditions for the players, and having taken into consideration the impact of weather conditions at the Olympic Stadium over the last few days, it has been confirmed that this match will now take place at 9 p.m. [local time] at the International Stadium Yokohama,” Organizers said in a statement.
American viewers can watch the women’s gold medal match at 8 a.m. EDT Friday on USA.
Sweden and Canada requested that the game be moved earlier this week from its scheduled 11 a.m. local time start Friday at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
Afternoon temperatures in Tokyo continue to hover near the upper-90s.
Tokyo organizers changed the time for the men’s soccer bronze medal match between Mexico and Japan in a corresponding move.
That game was scheduled for 8 p.m. local time Friday, but now will start at 6 p.m. local time Friday in Saitama. It will be broadcast at 5 a.m. EDT on USA.
In the semifinals on Monday in Kashima, Japan, the Canadian women’s team defeated the United States Women’s National Team 1-0. Sweden advanced to the finals after defeating Australia 1-0 in the semifinals.
Brazil advanced to the men’s gold medal match by defeating Mexico in a penalty shootout. In the other men’s semifinal, Spain defeated Japan 1-0.
Due to the heat, organisers postponed several events, including tennis, mountain biking, and rugby competitions, during the first 13 days of the Games.
Sebastien Racinais, a heat expert in the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission Games Group, reported Thursday that no cases of heat stroke have occurred among athletes at the Games.
The United States’ Kelley O’Hara consoles Carli Lloyd as she buries her face in her hands after Canada defeated Team USA in the soccer semifinal match on August 2. Canada defeated the United States 1-0 on a penalty kick. Photo by Mike Theiler