Tokyo Olympic stadium 90% complete; opening set for December

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Tokyo’s new National Stadium is 90 percent completed with the opening of the Olympics just over a year away. (AFP)
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Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to get ready for the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AFP)
Updated 03 July 2019

Tokyo Olympic stadium 90% complete; opening set for December

  • Organizers say they are planning events in December to inaugurate the new stadium
  • Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to get ready, 70 percent of which is taxpayers’ money

TOKYO: Tokyo’s new National Stadium is 90 percent completed with the opening of the Olympics just over a year away.
Media were given a glimpse inside the $1.25 billion stadium on Wednesday. It is located in central Tokyo and will be the scene of the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020. It will also be the venue for track and field and some soccer.
Organizers say they are planning events in December to inaugurate the new stadium, which was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
The new stadium design was first awarded to British architect Zaha Hadid, but eventually the futuristic design was scrapped by the government as the cost soared toward $2 billion.
Organizers say 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.
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 organizers say has saved billions. The other centerpiece for the games will be the Olympic Village for more than 10,000 athletes being built on the edge of Tokyo Bay.
The Summer Olympics don’t come cheaply, and even existing venues need extensive renovation when the Games come to town. Exact costs — what are, and are not Olympic expenses — are difficult to sort out. But Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to get ready, 70 percent of which is taxpayers’ money.


Saudi team wins third spot in fencing contest GCC Women’s Games

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi team wins third spot in fencing contest GCC Women’s Games

  • The team was represented by Lin Al-Fawzan, Sarah Al-Salmi, Aseel Halawani and Nada Abed

KUWAIT: The Saudi fencing team finished third in the foil contest at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Women’s Games in Kuwait on Tuesday.

The team was represented by Lin Al-Fawzan, Sarah Al-Salmi, Aseel Halawani and Nada Abed.

The team concludes its participation in the tournament on Wednesday with the participation of Fawzia Al-Dosari, Sheikha Al-Dosari, Hasna Al-Hammad and Ruba Al-Masri in the saber category.

The team will also participate in the epee competition, represented by Areej Abed, Nada Abed, Fawzia Al-Khibari and Mashael Al-Khayal.

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• The team was represented by Lin Al-Fawzan, Sarah Al-Salmi, Aseel Halawani and Nada Abed.

• The team concludes its participation in the tournament on Wednesday with the participation of Fawzia Al-Dosari, Sheikha Al-Dosari, Hasna Al-Hammad and Ruba Al-Masri in the saber category.

• The team will also participate in the epee competition, represented by Areej Abed, Nada Abed, Fawzia Al-Khibari and Mashael Al-Khayal.

The Saudi basketball team will play its third match of the tournament on Wednesday against Bahrain.

Two women’s bowling teams played in doubles competition, the first team being that of Mashael Al-Abdelwahed and Hadeel Tarmeen, and the second comprising Amani Al-Ghamdi and Ghada Nimir. 

In total, 10 teams representing five countries — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Kuwait — participated. The
two Saudi teams achieved
ninth and tenth positions respectively.

Points will continue to be accumulated on Wednesday during the team competitions, with the top eight qualifying for the Masters’ competition
on Thursday.