2020 Olympics Construction Update: Aquatic Centre 75% Complete

Tokyo 2020 organizers have released the latest and greatest construction progress reports on the various venues being built for next year’s Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Per the report, more than half of all new permanent Tokyo 2020 venues have been completed with just over one year to go until the Games. ‘This shows the Games’ preparations are well on track,” say the organizers.

43 venues in all will be utilized during the Sumer Olympic and Paralympic Games, including 8 new, 25 existing and 10 temporary venues.

According to the latest assessment, the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, Sea Forest Waterway, Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, and Oi Hockey Stadium are all 100% complete at this point.

Olympic Stadium, Ariake Arena and Tokyo Aquatics Centre remain under construction, but check-in at 90%, 83% and 75% complete, respectively. Swimming, diving, and artistic swimming will be taking place in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, while water polo is slated for the existing Tatsumi facility.

The Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre was the most recent veneu to have been officially inaugurated, marking the first manmade canoe slalom course to exist in Japan.

The Olympic Stadium is set to be officially unveiled to the public this December, with the building hosting the OPening and Closing Ceremonies as well as football and athletic competitions.

Below is the completion percentages for each facility as of July 9th:

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We need pictures come on now!


So serious question. You build a pool from scratch. A 50m pool is constructed and verified via laser measuring.

When timing pads are installed is the pool no longer 50m? Or is the actual pool structure 50.05 meters and then pad installation makes it 50 on the dot?

B. They build it slightly longer. There’s an infamous pool in Wyoming that didn’t include extra space for the bulkhead (ooooops).


Can’t be that infamous if it’s in Wyoming



I read at one point when constructing the pool at Texas aTm they forgot to bring the moveable bulkhead in before closing in the structure and they had to knock down a wall after the fact to get it in.

Maybe an urban myth.

I spent a lot of time in that pool in college. Never heard that story.

I’m sure I heard a lot of stories about Texas that never happened too. Isn’t college great?


Haha. I’m sure you did


Which pool in Wyoming is this?


Ive always wondered that 😂


ok i’ve also read that the touchpad actually stops when the back of the pad hits the wall. the pad is filled with silicon, and when enough PPSI are placed on the pad the pad stops the clock….this is why Cavic lost in ‘08, and i don’t think they make the pool longer for this- i think they just leave it as is and assume the difference in length will always be the same in all legal competition pools ….however my point being that since the back of the pad is what triggers is then the difference is literally statistically insignificant


Now that would be interesting if true.


There are different pads from different companies. All have slightly different mechanisms. The pads used at FINA meets and Olympics are usually Omega (though may be Seiko for the Tokyo Games, as they were at 2018 PP and the 1992 Olympics). Omega pads are pvc slats on a frame that is ~1/4” thick. The slats are that distance from the wall. Omega pads work when the slats are pressed hard enough to press them against a tape switch, which is mounted on a cross-shaped frame inside the outer frame. A tape switch is just a covered pressure wire in the shape of a waterproof tape mounted on that inner frame. Colorado pads work when the touch forces a small amount… Read more »


Wouldn’t Cavic have tied Phelps if this was the case? I’m just saying, is the theory behind his loss based on .02 of a second? How do you know he would have won?

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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