Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium finalist renderings unveiled

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TOKYO (AP) — Two groups competing for the lucrative contract to build the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium have disclosed their design proposals.

The Japan Sports Council released the designs on Monday and said the winner will be chosen this month. It did not identify which companies have proposed which designs.

The two designs are more understated than the original plan by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, which was scrapped in July due to controversy over its cost and scale.

Design “A” has a relatively flat root and blends in with surrounding greenery, with shrubbery along its outer concourses. Design “B” is more ethereal, with tall outer glass walls that its creators say are meant to complement nearby structures.

Work on the 158 billion yen ($1.3 billion) stadium was delayed by the difficulties over its design.

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