Tokyo Aquatics Centre opens after a seven-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre, the last of the newly built permanent venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, was opened on Saturday 24 October.
Eventually, the state-of-the-art 15,000-seater opened for a ceremony starring swimmer Ikee Rikako and Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, but the arena itself was undeniably the main attraction on this day.
In the sparkling water, swimmer Ikee took a freestyle swim, raving about the location that will be used next summer for swimming, creative swimming, and diving contests.
“When I got here and had a look at the pool, it all started to sink in – that the Olympics is coming here next year”, Ikee said in a statement.
“It was comfortable to swim in because it’s three meters deep and I think it’s a great arena,” she added.
The Aquatics Centre is one of eight venues built from scratch for the Games that have been postponed to 23 July-8 August 2021.
Pictures from the opening
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