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Tokyo 2020 venue construction on track, say organisers

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has today (Wednesday) issued an update on venue construction, with preparations for the events remaining on track.

Tokyo 2020 confirmed that construction of major new permanent venues such as the Olympic Stadium and Tokyo Aquatics Centre is around 60 per cent complete.

Work on the Sea Forest Waterway, Kasai Canoe Slalom Course, Yumenoshima Park Archery Field and Olympic and Paralympic Village is more than 70 per cent complete.

Tokyo 2020 also noted that the completion date of a section of the Canoe Slalom Centre has recently had to be postponed, but the revised construction schedule will have no impact on Games preparations or test events.

The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, which will host a number of sports during the Games, is so far the only new venue that has finished completion, having opened in 2017.

The Ariake Arena, which will host volleyball and wheelchair basketball events during the Games, is 51 per cent complete.

The Oi Hockey Stadium, scheduled for completion in June, is 48 per cent finished, while the Ariake Gymnastics Centre is 62-per-cent completed.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed its satisfaction with Tokyo 2020’s overall progress during the visit of its Coordination Commission to the Japanese capital in December.