This illustration released from Japan Sport Council on May 28, 2014 shows an artist's impression of the new National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. AFP PHOTO / JAPAN SPORT COUNCIL
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Japan's trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said Monday.Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura told a meeting of Tokyo 2020 organisers that Japan will stick with the basic design put forth by United Kingdom-based architect Zaha Hadid and that construction costs will run to 252 billion yen ($2.1 billion).The stadium came in at 130 billion yen in Tokyo bid documents but cost estimates ballooned to 300 billion yen last year, prompting a modest scaling back of the futuristic design, which features two massive arches and has been compared to a spaceship and a bicycle helmet by critics.
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