In pics: Here's how Tokyo is gearing up for Olympics 2020

 All of the venues being built or refurbished for Tokyo 2020 are on schedule, including the centrepiece National Stadium.

Preparations for Tokyo 2020 enter final stretch

Construction at two Tokyo 2020 venues is nearing completion eight months before the start of the Olympics, as preparations for the Games enter the final stretch on schedule.


Tokyo Aquatics Centre: 90 per cent complete

The elegant Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which will host swimming and diving at the Games, is 90 per cent complete, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), and is on schedule to be finished at the end of February.

Likewise, the venue for volleyball and wheelchair basketball is 98% finished with only the painting of the interior floor to be concluded.


All venues on schedule

All of the venues being built or refurbished for Tokyo 2020 are on schedule, including the centrepiece National Stadium, where construction work finished last week. 


'Everything will be completed by February next year'

"What is left to be done is to finish some of the interior and exterior roof, as well as some office equipment for inside the building," Daishu Tone, venue director for the Aquatics Centre Daishu Tone, said on Thursday.
"Everything will be completed by February next year.”


Aquatics Center built at a cost of $523 million

The Aquatics Centre, built at a cost of 56.7 billion yen ($523 million), will be the last new venue to be completed.
The swimming test event will take place at the Aquatics Centre on April 14-15.


Nine new competition venues

Other than the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes village, TMG is building eight new competition venues for the Games.

Many of the other events are scheduled to be held at pre-existing venues in a bid to keep costs down.


Arenas to be used for events post-Olympics

The Games are set to run from July 24 to August 9.

A feature running throughout many of the Tokyo 2020 venues is the use of wood.

Ariake Arena, the volleyball venue, features 880 cubic meters of wood, mainly sourced from Japan, which is the most of any of the sites other than the National Stadium.

After the Tokyo 2020 Games are over, the arena will be used for concerts and other cultural events.