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Zaha Hadid

Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on Wednesday over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, said it would work with Japan on the new project to make sure "there are no surprises" this time. Earlier this month, the Japanese government threw out the design plans for the flagship stadium amid public criticism of the 252 billion yen ($2 billion) price tag, which was nearly double the original estimate and would have made it the most expensive sports stadium ever. The government said it would start over with a new design and...