Eco-medals project launched by Tokyo 2020Metals collected from discarded or obsolete electronic devices will be used in the production of the medals for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. 10 Nov 2016
As part of its commitment to stage a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced that it is planning to use metals collected from discarded or obsolete electronic devices in the production of the medals that will be awarded to the athletes.
At an executive board meeting, the Tokyo 2020 board of directors agreed on this initiative, which responds to recommendation four of the Olympic Agenda 2020 that states sustainability should be integrated into all aspects of the planning and execution of the Games.
By the spring of 2017, partner companies in the venture will be selected, and then a process for sourcing the metals will be established. Further detailes will be announced in due course.
“We believe this initiative will contribute to a sustainable Tokyo 2020 Games, and we are looking forward to the active engagement of partner organisations and the general public to help make it a success,” said Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Hikariko Ono.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach added: “These medals will be a permanent reminder to the Olympic champions of 2020 of their achievements. It is good to see that they will also send a strong message of sustainability around the world in line with Olympic Agenda 2020.”