Guwahati, July 25, 2019:
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is going to be unique in a way as the medals will be made of recycled mobile phones and electronic items.
Medal Project of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has led to the collection of nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones and small electronic devices around Japan. These will be used in the crafting of every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games.
An estimate of 5,000 medals has been expected to be given out between the two games, according to Tokyo 2020.
Reportedly, the nearly 158 million pounds of donated electronics has been reduced down to approximately 71 pounds of gold, 7,700 pounds of silver, and 4,850 pounds of bronze. Following a process of dismantling, extracting and refining, the metals will be fused into the brainchild of Olympic medal designer Junichi Kawanishi, who was granted the design opportunity after winning a competition held by Tokyo 2020 that drew over 400 entries.