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.