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A groundbreaking ceremony has been held in Tokyo at the site of the $1.5 billion national stadium that will host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries attended the event on Sunday at the site of the demolished national stadium that was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The ceremony ended with a video showing how the stadium is expected to look and function once completed by November 2019.

The opening and closing ceremonies and athletics competitions are due to take place in the stadium at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as yet-to-be-confirmed Olympic football matches.

The new stadium, designed by architect Kengo Kuma replaced a controversial design by the late Zaha Hadid, costs of which had soared to $2.5 billion.

Abe said:

When we scrapped the original plan last July, I vowed to make the new venue be one that will be celebrated by the people and athletes, a place that can generate dreams and inspiration.

The new image of the stadium will realise an athlete first policy with the best universal design in the world and some Japanese flavour.

I am very confident that this can be the stronghold of sport and culture for the new era.

The new stadium structure will use Japanese-grown larch in its wood and steel composite roof and prefabricated panels to help keep costs down.


The Olympic Flag landed at Tokyo’s Haneda airport earlier this week, after having travelled more than 18,000km from the 2016 Olympic city of Rio to the Japanese capital. The flag was handed over by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games on August 21 at the Maracanã Stadium.

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Bill Sweeney, CEO at the British Olympic Association (BOA), is the latest high-ranking industry professional to confirm as a speaker for next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition, where he will deliver the Closing Keynote.

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Just days after Tokyo 2020 celebrated four years until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (which will take place on July 24, 2020), Mr Toshiro Muto, Chief Executive Officer for Tokyo 2020, confirmed as a speaker for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event being held at the Yokohama Arena in Japan, September 26-28.

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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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The ‘best ever’ Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific Preliminary Conference Program has been unveiled this week, with a stunning array of industry-elite speakers to share their invaluable insights during the 2.5 day event.

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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have announced the Tokyo 2020 Live Site Programme ‘Rio to Tokyo’ that will take place during the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and across Japan, as a foretaste of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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