The Japan Sports Council said the final work
had been completed on Thursday with just the final quality and
safety checks remaining before the stadium opens next month.
It will be officially unveiled on Dec. 21, with the Emperor's
Cup soccer final being the first sporting event to be held there
on New Year's Day.
Completed at a cost of more than $1.25 billion, the stadium,
which can accommodate 60,000, will also host the athletics and
soccer events during the Games.
Construction started in December 2016, about 14 months later
than planned, after the original design was scrapped because of
a public outcry over spiraling costs.
The delay meant the stadium could not host matches of the Rugby
World Cup, as originally planned.
The National Stadium is one of eight new venues to be used at
the Tokyo Games, all of them are either complete or on schedule
to be finished before the event.
The Tokyo Olympics run from July 24 to Aug. 9.
(Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Additional reporting by Kwiyeon Ha;
Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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