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Published on : Jul 21, 2015

Japan will commence construction of a new stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics by January or February next year. In a recent development, Japan scrapped the earlier design for the stadium due to soaring costs and announced to reopen bidding for a new plan. 

This is a major change of plan, with the 2019 Rugby World Cup not to have a main venue. As stated by Prime Minister to news reporters, after a meeting with the chairman of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics committee that they have decided to start from scratch on the proposal for the Paralympics stadium plan. This was announced due to ballooning cost of the project.

The government was under severe criticism s the cost of the new National stadium was estimated to be US$2 billion, which was almost twice of what was estimated earlier.

The Prime Minister also said that he has secured the accord of Mori, who is former prime minister and also gave instructions to the sports and Olympics minister to work on a process immediately for a plan for the new stadium.

He also said to have been listening to the concerns of people and athletes for almost a month, which demanded for a possibility of review of the earlier plan. The plan is to minimize the cost as much as possible and create one which is best suited and realistic.

As stated by the 2020 Tokyo organizing committee, it had due regard for the Prime Minister’s decision, but also stated that it wanted the construction of the new stadium to complete well in time for the Paralympic Games and the 2020Olympics.  The committee also said it would world closely with the government agencies for the review to not have an adverse impact on the event.