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Building work complete on Tokyo 2020 stadium

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The Japan Sports Council has said work on Tokyo’s National Stadium, set to be the centrepiece venue of the 2020 Summer Olympics, was completed last Thursday, with just final quality and safety checks to be cleared before it opens next month.

The Japan Sports Council is a governmental body in charge of operating several of Japan’s national sports venues.

The stadium is scheduled to be unveiled on December 21, with the Emperor’s Cup football final the first sporting event to be held there on New Year’s Day 2020.

The stadium, which can hold 60,000 fans, will host athletics and football events during the Games. Costing over $1.25bn (€1.12bn), construction started 14 months later than planned in December 2016, after the original design was scrapped because of public uproar over its cost. The delay meant the stadium was not built in time to host matches at the recently-concluded Rugby World Cup, as originally planned.

The National Stadium is one of eight new venues for the Games, which take place next July 24 to August 9.