With the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan just under 530 days away, organizers reiterate that the construction of the brand new, key athletic venues continues to be on track. Media toured several of the competition venues, as well as the Olympic Village this week, viewing the Aquatics Arena, Ariake Arena, Canoe Slalom and Sea Forest Waterway.
Per information provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Olympic Village is at 73% completion, with the Aquatics Center standing at 55% complete. The Center will host 4 test events across aquatic disciplines in April of 2020, the time frame at which the venue’s completion is expected.
“Each arena is preparing for the test events scheduled for around summer and construction is proceeding smoothly,” Tomohiro Terasawa, venue director for the Ariake Arena, told Reuters.
The Olympic Aquatics Center represents a departure from the original vision as the venue was moved and scaled-down in size from a 20,000-seat arena to a 15,000-seat arena, a movethat is slated to save Tokyo 2020’s organizers ¥19.3 billion ($163 million).