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Japan to scrap plans for Olympic stadium

Sky-rocketing costs for centrepiece of Tokyo 2020 Games had sparked outrage; new arrangements to be made soon

MR ABE: "The Olympics are a party for our people, and they and the athletes, each one of them, are the main players. We need to make it something that they can celebrate."


JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Friday the scrapping of a plan for a controversial national stadium, the centrepiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after sky-rocketing costs sparked public outrage.

Anger over the stadium, the estimated cost of which had climbed...