Olympic bosses ask Russia to return to winter time
Ironically, it was the current head of the government, Dmitry Medvedev, who scrapped the switch to winter time in 2011 during his presidential term.
The reform has been criticized as the time difference between Russia and most European countries is now three hours instead of two.
The ICO also believes that returning to winter time will be the most convenient option for both the broadcasters and the audience.
The schedule for the Sochi Olympics, which will take place between February 7 and 23, 2014, will be announced within weeks, and the government has been asked to resolve the time issue before that.