- Title: Roof raised at Tokyo 2020 gymnastics venue
- Date: 7th November 2018
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) DIRECTOR OF VENUE DEVELOPMENT AT TOKYO 2020, TOSHIHIRO HOSOKAWA, SAYING: "Next year, at the end of October, the centre will be completed so there is only a year to go hence my mixed feelings." VARIOUS OF SECTION OF ROOF WORKER WALKING CENTRE UNDER CONSTRUCTION (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) PROJECT DIRECTOR AT SHIMIZU CORPORATION, MASAMICHI NAGATA, SAYING: "We will be pulling (the roof) up with wires using the hydraulic jacks. One jack can bear around 30 tonnes. This is around 200 tonnes (pointing to segment of the roof). We are raising it five metres per hour." VARIOUS OF SECTION OF ROOF, AS IT IS BEING RAISED
- Embargoed: 21st November 2018 05:47
- Keywords: Tokyo 2020 Olympics Japan Olympics construction Tokyo 2020 Ariake Gymnastics Centre sport gymnastics boccia
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA00495I8JSV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The second section of the timber roof at the Olympics Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo was raised on Wednesday (November 7), marking the halfway point of the construction of the temporary venue.
The roof of the 10,000-seat venue, which will host gymnastics at the Olympics and boccia at the Paralympics, will be raised in 200-tonne sections, with all five scheduled to be in place by May next year.
Construction at the venue is due to be completed by the end of October 2019 - in time for test events ahead of the summer showpiece. Tokyo 2020 organisers said construction was right on track, even if they still felt a huge amount of pressure to deliver the venue on time.
The venue, located in the Ariake district of the Japanese capital which will host many other Olympic events, will be used as an exhibition centre when the Games are over. However, it is only a temporary structure designed to be dismantled by 2030.
To make it easier for the materials to be recycled and also to showcase Japan's timber industry, the roof, which spans 90 metres, is made from local larch.
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