Bolt among stars set to feature in inauguration of Olympic stadium for Tokyo 2020

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From Inside the Games

The Tokyo 2020 New National Stadium will officially open tomorrow with a special event featuring Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is among the headliners set to participate in the opening of the new 60,000-capacity venue.

The retired Jamaican sprinter has already arrived in the Japanese capital.

He will help open the Stadium, which will host athletics competition during the Games, as well the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Construction work was completed on the Stadium on November 20.

It was a joint project between Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, building firm Taisei Corp and design firm Azusa Sekkei Co, which started in December 2016.

The new arena, constructed on the site of the National Stadium originally built in 1958 and which staged the 1964 Olympic Games, features a plant-covered facade designed to maintain harmony with the natural landscape of the neighboring Meiji Jingu Gaien area.

The eaves of the distinctive roof are made of wood gathered from the country’s 47 prefectures.

The Stadium is the second to be approved after initial plans were scrapped in 2015 by Prime Minister Shinz┼Ź Abe due to spiralling costs.

It meant construction began about 14 months later than planned, after the original design by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was discarded following a public outcry.

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