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Inside the £1billion Tokyo Olympic Stadium as venue nears completion

Stunning images of the new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo have been revealed as the venue nears it completion ahead of the Games next summer.

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A tour of the £1billion arena took place last week as the Japan capital continues to gear up for 2020 Olympics.

The Olympic Stadium will be the scene of the opening ceremony on July 24 next year and it will also be the venue for track and field as well as some football matches. 

Organisers say they are planning events in December to inaugurate the new stadium, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. 

About 45,000 of the 60,000 permanent seats have been installed, and the grass surface should be down by the end of the month. 

The all-weather track will be installed in August and September with the venue set to be completed by November.

Including the stadium, Tokyo is building eight new venues for the Olympics. The other 35 venues for the games are defined as ‘temporary’ or older buildings that are being reused, which Tokyo organisers say has saved billions. 

The Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre became the latest to be completed as the finishing touches were made to the facility on Tuesday.

Five out of the eight new arenas have been created with the Olympic Stadium, Ariake Arena and Tokyo Aquatics Centre left to be finished.   

The other centrepiece for the games will be the Olympic Village for more than 10,000 athletes being built on the edge of Tokyo Bay.

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