Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Unveils $523m Swimming, Diving, Synchro Venue

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Tokyo 2020 unveiled its pool today - Photo Courtesy: Tokyo2020

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers today unveiled the $523 million venue for swimming, diving and synchro that will seat 15,000 fans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

Construction is 90 per cent complete at the four-story Aquatics Centre and is due to be finished on schedule by the end of February, officials told Associated Press’s Japan service. Tokyo 2020 venue official Daishuu Tone told reporters in Tokyo:

“We are aiming to construct a swimming venue to the world’s highest standards equipped with the latest facilities.”

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The venue – an artist’s impression – Photo Courtesy: Tokyo2020

The main pool features a movable wall allowing the 50m facility to be converted into two 25m pools. The depth of the bottom can also be adjusted in keeping with modern standards around for at least a couple of decades now.

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The venue – an artist’s impression – Photo Courtesy: Tokyo2020

The building cost 56.7 billion yen but Tokyo hopes to make the most of the facility after the 2020 Games, aiming to attract one million users a year — 850,000 through swimming competitions and another 150,000 casual users.

Organisers also unveiled the Ariake Arena on Thursday, a 37-billion-yen site for Olympic volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

Construction on the main venue, the 159 billion yen National Stadium, has been completed and will be unveiled in a gala opening on December 21.

Musicians and star athletes will join the event, with world-record sprinter Usain Bolt featuring in an exhibition relay.

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Mary

    Dear Sir ,
    Does the olympic games in tokyo 2020 inclube the swimming for masters .
    Thank you in advance.

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      No, Mary – no masters.