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Tokyo Olympic Stadium construction complete

Construction work has been completed on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Officials from the Japan Sports Council – the government body overseeing the building as well as operating other stadiums in the country – said that the stadium had been completed with only the final safety checks remaining.

It is set to be unveiled on 21st December, while the first event to be held in the new venue will be the final of the Emperor’s Cup football tournament, due to take place on 1st January 2020.

The 60,000 seater stadium cost over $1bn, and construction started in December 2016 – 14 months later than planned after the original design was scrapped due to rising costs.

The delay meant that the stadium did not host Rugby World Cup matches earlier this year, which was originally part of the plan.

The stadium is one of eight new venues which will be used for the Games, and all are either already completed or due to be finished on schedule.

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