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Japan: Tokyo 2020 Committee unveils sustainable Olympic medals

Japan, Tokyo
July 24, 2019 at 17:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Organising Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcased their unique gold, silver and bronze medals at a 'one year to go' ceremony in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Each medal represents 'light' and 'brilliance' and, according to the official website of the Games, "the medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolising the energy of the athletes and those who support them."

The medals are made from recycled materials as part of the Tokyo 2020 Games commitment to be the most sustainable Olympics in history.

The Olympic Committee launched a project to encourage people to donate used consumer electronics for them to be recycled into the Olympic medals. The initiative attracted donations of almost 78,985 tons of discarded devices from across Japan.

Visually-impaired athletes will be aided to distinguish the gold, silver and bronze medals feeling unique silicon bumps patterns on the medals' ribbons. Each medal case is made of Tamo - a Japanese ash tree.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9, with the Paralympic Games set to be held from 25 August to September 6.

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The Organising Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcased their unique gold, silver and bronze medals at a 'one year to go' ceremony in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Each medal represents 'light' and 'brilliance' and, according to the official website of the Games, "the medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolising the energy of the athletes and those who support them."

The medals are made from recycled materials as part of the Tokyo 2020 Games commitment to be the most sustainable Olympics in history.

The Olympic Committee launched a project to encourage people to donate used consumer electronics for them to be recycled into the Olympic medals. The initiative attracted donations of almost 78,985 tons of discarded devices from across Japan.

Visually-impaired athletes will be aided to distinguish the gold, silver and bronze medals feeling unique silicon bumps patterns on the medals' ribbons. Each medal case is made of Tamo - a Japanese ash tree.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9, with the Paralympic Games set to be held from 25 August to September 6.

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