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Head of 2020 Tokyo Olympics supports daylight time for games

AP  |  Tokyo 

The of the 2020 says he favors moving to so events can be held in cooler temperatures.

says "we can use this opportunity of the 2020 for the government to make a bold decision. I have asked the government to seriously consider it."

Mori is the of the local organizing committee. He was speaking Tuesday at the opening of meetings with representatives of the

Mori's support for moving the clocks forward in comes after a deadly heat wave this summer in It has also met strong opposition.

Mori turned down suggestions of switching the games to October when temperatures are cooler. The 1964 Tokyo were held in October. He says contracts have been signed "and we must abide by our commitments."

Scheduling of many popular Olympic events in dominated by lucrative television contracts, particularly with the American network The networks want events to take place at advantageous times for their audiences. For Tokyo, this could move swimming times to the morning so they can be view live in the evening in the United States, as happened in during

There is some local resentment of scheduling events to accommodate foreign broadcasters.

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First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 10:45 IST