What's in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras

Mindy Sparks
February 10, 2019

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 worldwide athletes", it claimed.

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

Stations located at post offices and other public buildings collected other electronic devices.

The design of the medals is expected to be unveiled later this year.

Fast-forward to its update this month, and the committee revealed that it has now hit 93.7-percent and 85.4-percent of its gold and silver targets, respectively. According to local publication The Japan Times, the program collected all of the necessary bronze by June 2018, as well as about half of the approximately 67lbs of gold and around half of the more than 9,000lbs of silver.


The release from organisers confirmed that over five million mobile phones had been handed in, contributing to nearly 50,000 tons of devices.

Tokyo 2020 organisers have announced they will achieve their target of collecting enough recycled waste to make the medals for the Games.

Inside most smartphones, there are precious metal materials, including gold, silver, and bronze.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has promised "surgical" precision in distribution of funds to athletes preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games, asserting that centralisation of the process has made bureaucratic hurdles a thing of past.

"We have very clearly and very professionally divided our working between grassroots and elite sportspersons".

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