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Volume 10 No. 23
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Olympic Footballers Could Face Late Nights If Tokyo Wins Bid To Host 2020 Games

Teams qualifying for the knock-out stages of the 2020 Olympic football competitions "may face some late nights if Tokyo wins the right to stage the Games," according to David Owen of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The official bid book for the Japanese city, which was made public this month, indicates that several matches, from the quarterfinal stages onward, "could be allotted" finishing times of as late as midnight. One possible reason for the late time slots "could be to maximize live TV audiences in Europe" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 1/23).