Olympics: Tokyo Unveils New Swimming Venue

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    Tokyo officially opened its new Olympic swimming venue, which authorities said was finished 8 months ago, just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to the pandemic. “We have now completed all the new venues,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said. Now comes the hard part for Tokyo Olympic organizers: figuring out how to run the Olympics, nine months from now, in the middle of a pandemic. The Games are currently set to open on July 23, 2021. Tokyo officials and the International Olympic Committee have been studying contingencies for months. But it may not be until next year that they reveal exactly how the Olympics can be pulled off. The 15,000-seat swimming venue sits just off Tokyo Bay. Its cost is listed at $520 million, which makes it the second-most expensive venue after the $1.43 billion national stadium. Tokyo organizers say they are spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics, although a national audit says the cost is twice that much. Among the first to swim a lap in the pool on Saturday was Rikako Ikee, who won six gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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