Japan, sidelined stadium architect in talks over payment dispute


TOKYO: Japan confirmed on Friday they are in talks with the architect of the rejected 2020 Olympic stadium design, after her firm reportedly refused to hand over the copyright in return for payment. Tokyo last month chose a new, slimmed down plan for the centerpiece stadium after an earlier version designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid set off a row over its eye-watering $2 billion price tag that would have made it the world’s most expensive sports venue. Hadid’s firm received and rejected a request by the JSC to give up all copyrights regarding the Olympic stadium in return for payment for her design work, Jiji Press reported Thursday.



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