Former Japanese prime minister and Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori gestures ahead of a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on July 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA
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The International Olympic Committee may well welcome Japan's decision to scrap and completely revise plans for its controversial National Stadium since the move will save money, the head of the Tokyo games organizing group said Wednesday.Mori acknowledged that the futuristic stadium design had probably helped Tokyo beat off Istanbul and Madrid to be awarded the Games in 2013 but said the IOC was likely to approve the revised plans at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur later this month.IOC President Thomas Bach said last week that he had confidence Tokyo would build the new stadium in time but the decision means that the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which was also set to use the arena, will have to find a new home.
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