New time, venue for Olympic women’s soccer final due to heat

Tokyo Olympics Soccer

Canada midfielder Jessie Fleming (17) celebrates her game winning penalty kick goal with teammate Janine Beckie (16) during a women’s semifinal soccer match against United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, in Kashima, Japan. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic women’s soccer final between Canada and Sweden has been shifted from a scheduled morning start in Tokyo to a night-time kick off in Yokohama on Friday.

There were concerns about playing in the heat with an 11 a.m. kickoff at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium but the final couldn’t be played later in the day at that venue because it’s used for track and field.

So organizers moved the match to the Yokohama stadium that is also staging the men’s final on Saturday night.

The announcement was made Thursday at Sweden’s pre-match news conference.

The original schedule had the women’s final occurring during U.S. TV prime time.

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