Former Japanese prime minister and Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori speaks with the media in Kuala Lumpur on July 29, 2015 ahead of the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
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Japan's new national stadium will only be completed three months before the start of Tokyo's 2020 Olympics because of a government decision to order a new design, a top official said Saturday.The IOC supported the decision to scrap the old design because of skyrocketing building costs.The Japanese government last month cancelled the construction of a design by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid because the cost had risen above $2 billion.Hadid warned in a statement released last week that scrapping her design meant the new stadium might not be ready on time and risked being of a "lower quality" that would quickly need renovation.
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