Start time of Canada-Sweden women's soccer gold-medal game changed to evening

Players of Brazil and Ivory Coast warm up in the International Stadium prior to a men's soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. Olympic organizers are changing the start time of the women's soccer gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Kiichiro Sato

CHIBA, Japan - Olympic organizers are changing the start time of the women's soccer gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden.

A Canada Soccer spokesperson confirms the match will now be played Friday night (9 p.m. local time, or 8 a.m. Eastern Time) at International Stadium Yokohama.

The kickoff was originally set for Friday morning (11 a.m. local time, Thursday 10 p.m. ET) at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium.

Both teams requested a time change due to concerns about the players' health and safety.

Temperatures have hovered in the mid-30s all week in the Tokyo area and the forecast is calling for more of the same Friday afternoon.

It's Canada's first-ever appearance in the Olympic women's soccer final.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2021.

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