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IOC Wants Sochi 2014 Time Change

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked the Russian government to turn the clocks back one hour so that European television viewers can watch the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a two-hour time difference instead of three, The Moscow Times reported Wednesday.

According to Izvestia, Jean-Claude Killy, the IOC's point man for the Sochi Games, made the request in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak who is overseeing the Olympics. The newspaper said the request was sent in late December. Killy said in the letter that a decision should be made before an international broadcasters' meeting scheduled for the end of February.

Maria Kiseleva, press-secretary of the Russian Olympic Committee, told RIA-Novosti, "we can only wait for their decision. The request was sent directly to the government to make it more convenient in terms of broadcasting".

In 2011 Russia abolished daylight-saving time by not switching clocks back in the fall.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Games take place February 7 to 23.

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