Old Phones, Laptops, Cameras to be Used to Make Tokyo 2020 Medals

10 February, 2019, 20:30 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from electronic waste

The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics said Friday it expects to achieve its target for collecting the recycled metal needed to make the prizes for the games by March.

The last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics was in 1964.

Dancers perform during the "Love Sport Tokyo 2020" segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which was launched in Japan in April 2017, involves the collection of obsolete digital cameras, smartphones, and laptops, that will be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

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It managed to extract the 2,700kg of copper (used to make bronze) required for its medal haul by June 2018, and had reached 93.7 per cent of its 30.3kg gold and 85.4 per cent of its 4,100kg silver goals by October a year ago. While the target for bronze and silver has been attained, the gold remains bit short.

By November previous year, 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices had been collected, with the public handing in another five million used phones to a local network provider.

As of the end of October 2018, 93.7 per cent of the gold and 85.4 per cent of the silver required had been collected, while the full amount of bronze had been sourced as early as June of that year.

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.

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