On the 24th local time, the Tokyo Aquatics Center, the swimming event venue for the Tokyo Olympics, was officially opened. In the performance part of the completion ceremony, the famous Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako, who has just returned from leukemia, participated in the medley relay performance.
The Tokyo Aquatic Center, located next to Tokyo Bay, is the latest to be completed among the six newly-built Olympic venues in the Tokyo area. "We have now completed the construction of all the venues," Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike preached during the ceremony.
Chijiang Rikako was hospitalized from February to December last year and returned to the competition in August this year. Her goal is to win a medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics. In the relay that day, Chi Jiang teamed up with the Paralympic athletes and was responsible for the final stroke of the 50-meter freestyle.
Regarding the official completion of the Tokyo Aquatic Center, Chie Rikako said: “When I saw the swimming pool, I really felt that the Olympic Games next year will be held here. I can talk to Paralympic swimmers and divers who don’t usually meet. It’s a great opportunity."
The Tokyo Aquatic Center can accommodate 15,000 spectators during the Tokyo Olympics, and after the Olympics, the number of spectators will be reduced to about 5,000. It is used to host events at home and abroad and as a convenient facility for health promotion.
This venue is also expensive to build, costing a total of US$520 million. It is the second most expensive venue for the Tokyo Olympics after the Japanese National Stadium which cost US$1.43 billion.