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IOC Wants Time Change for 2014 Games

The International Olympic Committee asked the government to turn clocks back one hour so that European television viewers can enjoy the 2014 Winter Olympics with a two-hour time difference instead of three, a news report said Wednesday.

The request was made by Jean-Claude Killy, the committee's point man for the Sochi games, in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who is overseeing the Olympics, Izvestia reported. The newspaper said it had obtained a copy of the letter, which was sent in late December.

The IOC request puts extra pressure on Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to nix one of the most wide-ranging reforms of his presidency. In 2011, the country abolished daylight saving time by not switching clocks back in the fall.

(MT)

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