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The design of the 2020 Olympic medal was made from waste

Organizing Committee 2020 Olympic in Tokyo (Japan) has announced the design of the medal awarded to athletes at the largest sporting event on the planet recycled from waste on the occasion of marking 1 year before the opening day.

According to the organizers, the Olympic and Paralympic 2020 medals will be made from recycled metal from electronic waste, with designs from the idea of ​​”the rough stones cut to shine”. Accordingly, the gold, silver and bronze medals all have a wavy outer border like a butter biscuit surface, surrounding the smooth, shiny middle section.

“Medals capture and emit countless light effects, symbolizing the energy of the athletes and their supporters”, AFP quoted the organizers as saying.

Medals for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were announced at the ceremony marking exactly one year before the opening of the event. On the occasion of attending the ceremony, Chairman of the World Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach praised the readiness of the Japanese capital.

The design of the medal set for the Olympic and Parlympic 2020 has been selected from more than 400 designs by professional designers and design students. AFP quoted designer Junichi Kawanishi said: “I never dared to dream that the design I submitted just to commemorate this memorable event was chosen. I hope that the medals will serve as a reward for the athletes’ efforts, reflect their glory, and symbolize friendship”.

Ryohei Miyata, who chaired Kawanishi’s design selection committee, said the special medals showed the Japanese metal casting techniques to the world. These medals will be combined with ribbons made from traditional Japanese materials along with the sunken motifs symbolizing the layering technique of the kimono.

According to the organizers, the medals weigh from 450 to 556g/unit, molded from metal obtained from old cell phones and electronic devices that Japanese people have contributed to help in the environmentally friendly Tokyo 2020 campaign.

Djokovic won the Japan Open for the first time

The world No. 1 player Novak Djokovic defeated Australian rival John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the 2019 Japan Open tournament on 6-10 to be crowned the first time in Tokyo.

Just recovering the shoulder injury that was acquired in the fourth round of the US Open 2019, the world’s No. 1 player Novak Djokovic (Serbia) proved strong to crown the Japan Open in the first time participating in the tournament. This is equal to the victory over John Millman (Australia, ranked 80 TG), after 2 games with the score 6/3 and 6-2 in the final held on 6/10.

This is the final where Djokovic has no difficulty and completely outperformed his opponent. With 3 goals of breaking the ball of Millman, the number 1 player in the world had an easy victory after 1 hour 9 games to get the 76th ATP title in his career. This is also the 10th championship of Serbian tennis players in the tournament debut.

Speaking after the victory, Djokovic said: “This is a wonderful week in every sense. The Japanese people greeted me both on and off the field. They make me feel like I’m at home. I didn’t lose a game and I played well with my strong serves, I’m completely satisfied with myself”.

The ATP 500 title in the 2019 Japan Open Championship helped Djokovic gain an additional 500 ATP points in the rankings with a bonus of $ 391,430. Meanwhile, runner-up Millman got an additional 300 ATP points and $ 196,590 bonus. After the tournament in Tokyo, both players will move to China to attend the Shanghai Masters, which takes place from October 6-13.

Djokovic currently has 46 wins this season, equal to Federer’s achievement and two players ranked third, respectively behind Rafael Nadal (48 matches) and Daniil Medvedev topped with 54 wins. However, at the Shanghai Masters it is likely that Djokovic will overcome this victory by Nadal because the Spaniard has asked to withdraw at the last minute due to a hand injury.

Top 5 traditional sports in Japan

In a country like Japan, sport occupies a very important position in their culture. Japanese sports are known around the world and there are many foreigners who want to learn and practice those sports.

In this article, we would like to introduce to readers 5 traditional and popular sports of this rising country.

1. Sumo

One of the national representative traditional sports is Sumo, wrestling derived from performances during festivals and holidays at the Shinto shrine.

There are six annual tournaments held each year: January, May and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya and November in Fukuoka. Each round lasts 15 days.

Sumo

The form of this sport consists of two large men standing face to face in a round of land and a Sumo match is ended when one person kicks the other out of the ring or touches the ground. Sumo requires complex rules and the whole form as well as techniques for posture, attack and tactics that excite viewers into arguing.

This is probably the most famous and well-known subject in Japan. When you come to Japan you will feel impressed when going to a Sumo festival.

2. Judo

This is a martial art that protects itself from Japan and is now popular among fans around the world. Based on the principle of leverage and using the opponent’s power to his advantage, today Judo is one of the Olympic competitions. The Kodokan Training Center in Tokyo is the ideal place to see Judo students trained and sometimes have performance experts.

Judo

3. Karate

Karate is a form of non-weapon combat, developed by farmers in Okinawa when they were banned from carrying weapons by ruling classes. The highlight of karate martial arts training is that when focusing on the strength of a hand or foot, a professional karate athlete can knock down a stack of bricks or a thick stack of wood with a single blow. The Japanese Karate Association in Tokyo is a place where visitors can see how well-trained students are and how the experts practice.

Karate

4. Kendo

Kendo is not as famous as Judo or Karate, but it is still a very popular sport in Japan. This equipment has a bamboo sword called Shinai and an armor called Bogu. The Nippon Budokan in Tokyo is the best place to see this kind of martial art.

Kendo

Kendo is a form of fencing in which two opponents must wear a heavy cotton-lined armor, painted on the outside and attack the opponent with a bamboo sword, Kendo athletes will have to hit the opponent in 4 special areas are the head, throat, torso, arms. The player who scores the previous two points within 5 minutes of play will be the winner.

5. Kyudo

Kyudo is a technical sport derived from archers from ancient Japan, it is also called Kyujutsu, mainly for personal spiritual training and to increase concentration. At archery temples occasionally organize archery competitions combined with the principles of Zen Buddhism.

Kyudo

Currently, more than 130,000 people play the sport in the world. The main equipment of this sport is quite simple, but also quite expensive: a Japanese bow, also known as Yumi, is quite long (about 2m). Then you need Ya, arrows made from bamboo, and Yugoke – a glove. But the highlight of Kyodo is not equipment but technique, the fact that there are many people injured when doing this sport due to its requirement that when you pull the bow you will have to pull the arrow to Next to the ear and release the archer, this could cause an ear injury. And also to say, in this sport, you hit the target beer is also very difficult.