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Start time of Canada-Sweden women's soccer gold-medal game changed due to Tokyo heat

Both teams requested a time change due to concerns about the players' health and safety.
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Canada's women's soccer team at 2020 Tokyo Olympics / CP

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 at 9 p.m. local time, or 8 a.m. Eastern Time at International Stadium Yokohama.

The kickoff was originally set for Friday at 11 a.m. local time, Thursday at 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.

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