Japan Selects Stadium Design for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A new design from a Japanese architect has been chosen for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium, NBC News reported.

A new competition was organized this month. A design from architect Kengo Kuma won the competition. It’s been deemed a “wonderful design” that embodies a “Japaneseness” through wooden material, according to Toshiaki Endo, the minister in charge of the 2020 games.

The original plan, proposed by an Iraqi-British architect, was praised for its futuristic conception. It was later scrapped due to a ballooning cost estimate and “ridiculous design,” according to the Japan Sports Council.

The cost for the latest design is under the proposed budget of $1.2 billion dollars.  

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