Japanese sports chiefs on Thursday approved a huge bicycle helmet-style design for their new national stadium, which Tokyo hopes will play centre stage if it wins the right to host the 2020 Olympics.
Japanese architect Tadao Ando, jury for an international design competition of the new national stadium, introduces a design by British architect Zaha Hadid during a press conference in Tokyo on November 15, 2012. ©AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
The structure, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, with a retractable roof and seating for 80,000 people, is expected to cost around 130 billion yen ($1.62 billion).
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