Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japan Sports Council announces completion of main stadium for event

  • Construction work has been completed at Tokyo's National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece of next year's Olympic Games, the site's owners said.

  • The Japan Sports Council said the final work had been completed with just the final quality and safety checks remaining before the stadium opens next month.

  • It will be officially unveiled on 21 December, with the Emperor's Cup football final being the first sporting event to be held there on New Year's Day.

Construction work has been completed at Tokyo’s National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece of next year’s Olympic Games, the site’s owners said on Tuesday.

The Japan Sports Council said the final work had been completed on Thursday with just the final quality and safety checks remaining before the stadium opens next month.

 Tokyo Olympics 2020: Japan Sports Council announces completion of main stadium for event

Representational image. Reuters

It will be officially unveiled on 21 December, with the Emperor’s Cup football final being the first sporting event to be held there on New Year’s Day.

Completed at a cost of more than $1.25 billion, the stadium, which can accommodate 60,000, will also host the athletics and football events during the Games.

Construction started in December 2016, about 14 months later than planned, after the original design was scrapped because of a public outcry over spiralling costs.

The delay meant the stadium could not host matches of the Rugby World Cup, as originally planned.

The National Stadium is one of eight new venues to be used at the Tokyo Games, all of them are either complete or on schedule to be finished before the event.

The Tokyo Olympics run from 24 July to 9 August.

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Updated Date: Nov 19, 2019 12:53:48 IST