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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 'wooden' stadium ready to beat summer heat

Media offered glimpse of Olympics' main venue prior to November completion

The New National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, is seen under construction on July 3 in Tokyo. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- Japan's new Olympic stadium opened its doors to the media on Wednesday, showing off its nature-inspired design and advanced environmental features as it enters the final phase of construction.

A roof of wood and steel beams stretches over the seats of New National Stadium, the main event stage where the opening and closing ceremonies for next year's Summer Games will take place. Sand remained spread over the field itself, but turf is to be laid this month for track-and-field grounds set to be finished in August or September.

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