The Olympic swimming finals at the 2020 Games in Tokyo could be held in the morning, as they were in Beijing in 2008, according to a report from Asahi (Japan).
“I think there is a possibility that swimming will be the same as Beijing,” IOC Coordination Committee Chairman John Coates said.
The format in Beijing included evening preliminary heats and morning finals so that the medal races could go off at 10 a.m. local time — or 10 p.m. ET in the United States. That allowed NBC to air the races live to a prime time audience in the U.S.
The swimming finals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio were also moved up to accommodate U.S. television interests. Prelims in Rio began at 1 p.m. local time and finals at 10 p.m., meaning that finals could be televised at 9 p.m. ET in the U.S.
Read the full report from Asahi here.