Tokyo 2020: Medals to be made from recycled waste

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from electronic waste

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from electronic waste

Orgainizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are in the process of collecting electronic waste in order to create medals made exclusively out of recycled material, according to numerous reports.

It will be the first time the Japanese capital has hosted the Games since 1964.

This creates a significant supply for collection and Olympic medal formation.

The committee launched its appeal for unwanted smartphones, cameras, laptops, handheld games consoles and other electronics in April 2017, which was met with "huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and global athletes", it claimed.

So far, Tokyo's committee reached its bronze incentive, but it still around six percent off its 30.3 kg gold target and 15 percent of its 4,100 kg silver goal.

Collection of the metals from discarded small devices began in April 2017.

Tokyo 2020 claimed this is "thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes".

Approximately 47,488 tons of discarded devices had been collected by municipal authorities and more than five million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores as of October 2018.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, about 30 per cent of the silver and bronze in medals came from recycled materials.

The committee said the designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be introduced in summer 2019.

Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of a function to felicitate medal winners of the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, Rathore elaborated on the initiatives, that he feels, have put India on the path of becoming a sporting powerhouse. "The elite athletes are being looked after by a different set of professional people so that there is no bureaucracy", Rathore, an olympic silver-medallist in double-trap shooting, said.

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