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Tokyo starts construction of main Olympic stadium

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the new national stadium in Tokyo on December 11, 2016Construction of the main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially started Sunday, more than a year after the original blueprints were torn up following public outcry over skyrocketing costs. “I believe, after four years, many athletes will challenge their physical limits at this stadium and empower spectators and the society,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a ceremony to mark the start of building work. Japan approved the new stadium plans in September after Abe scrapped the initial design by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid as costs soared beyond $2 billion.

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