Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have today (Tuesday) said that venue construction work is on schedule as the countdown to the events continues.

New facilities currently being built for the Games were showcased to the media today. A new National Stadium is currently under construction, along with athletes’ villages and eight new competition venues.

Test events for some sports, including sailing and water polo, have already been held. Testing is due to be stepped up in the summer and those involved with venue construction are confident that facilities will be ready in time for the Olympics, which are scheduled from July 24 to August 9, 2020. The Paralympics will take place from August 25 to September 6.

Tomohiro Terasawa, venue director for the Ariake Arena, which will host volleyball and wheelchair basketball events, told the Reuters news agency: “Each arena is preparing for the test events scheduled for around summer and construction is proceeding smoothly.

“We’re working hard to ensure everything is on time.”

Reuters’ report added that the Tokyo Aquatics Centre is more than 50 per cent finished, with the Sea Forest Waterway almost 80 per cent completed.

Terasawa also confirmed that a new construction company has been hired to oversee work at the Ariake Tennis Park after the previous contractor went bankrupt last October.

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