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Olympic venue construction sites shown to media as work rapidly advancing

The Olympic village is seen under construction in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on July 17, 2018, about two years ahead of the opening the games. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened construction sites for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to the media on July 17, about two years ahead of the start of the games.

At the site for the Olympic village in the Harumifuto district of Chuo Ward, construction work was rapidly advancing to build accommodation facilities in which 18,000 participants from around the world will stay during the Olympics.

A total of 21 accommodation buildings 14 to 18 stories high will be built over about 44 hectares of land in the capital. The facilities will offer 3,800 apartments for athletes and staff and will accommodate 8,000 people during the Paralympics. Around 40 percent of the construction work has been completed since it started in April 2016. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to have the work finished by December 2019.

At the site of the Olympic Aquatics Center in Koto Ward, which will cost 56.7 billion yen to build, 35 percent of the construction work has been completed and work is underway to lift a 6,000-ton roof to a height of 37 meters.

The site for the canoe slalom venue which is adjacent to Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward was also opened to the media.

In total, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to construct seven new venues for the Olympics.

(Japanese original by Tatsuya Haga, City News Department)

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