The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium was inaugurated today ©Getty Images

A small-scale Opening Ceremony and the "One Race" event featuring eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt officially opened the New National Stadium built for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Construction work on the new 60,000-capacity venue was completed on November 20.

The inauguration event, which had been titled "Hello Our Stadium", allowed members of the public to test out the track at the Stadium.

A total of 2,020 people were selected following a draw to complete a lap of the track.

Kyodo News reported that Japanese sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu, Athens Olympic women's marathon gold medallist Mizuki Noguchi and two-time Olympic marathon medalist Yuko Arimori were among the guest runners.

The event was started by Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect in charge of the project.

Building firm Taisei Corp and design firm Azusa Sekkei Co had collaborated with Kuma on the Stadium, where construction began in December 2016.

Bolt participated in a combined relay event with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

"It was a great experience being in here and running in front of so many people," Bolt said, according to Reuters.

"I was happy and excited because I won’t be getting to compete at the Olympics so the fact that I got to run on the track was an experience in itself.

"I am actually in pain right now from the little run I just did."

Japanese sprinters Anna Doi, Aska Cambridge, Yoshihide Kiryu, Chisato Fukushima, Shota Iizuka, Shuhei Tada, Yuki Koike and Kana Ichikawa were among the participants in the relay.

Para-Alpine skier Momoka Muraoka, Paralympic long jumper Saki Takakuwa and sprinter Syunsuke Itani were among other Japanese athletes to feature.

Britain's Paralympic stars Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock were among the oversees representatives, along with The Netherlands' Marlou van Rhijn, the United States' Jarryd Wallace and Raymond Martin.

An small Opening Ceremony sought to give a flavour of Japanese culture, while further sport stars were also present.

This included Michael Leitch, captain of the Japanese national rugby union team, following their impressive World Cup campaign.

Football player Kazuyoshi Miura, who still plays professionally at the age of 52, also participated.

The venue will host athletics competition during the Games, as well the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.

The new arena, constructed on the site of the National Stadium originally built in 1958 and which staged the 1964 Olympic Games, features a plant-covered facade designed to maintain harmony with the natural landscape of the neighboring Meiji Jingu Gaien area.

The eaves of the distinctive roof are made of wood gathered from the country's 47 prefectures.

The Stadium is the second to be approved, after initial plans were scrapped in 2015 by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe due to spiralling costs.

It meant construction began about 14 months later than planned, after the original design by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid was discarded following a public outcry.

The completed Stadium is believed to have cost ¥157 billion (£1.2 billion/$1.4 billion/€1.3 billion).

The Emperor's Cup football final on January 1 is scheduled to be the first public sporting event held at the venue.