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Rio 2016 medals to contain recycled metal

To coincide with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games’ commitment to sustainability, the medals with contain metal from recycled electronic equipment. 04 Nov 2014
A spectacular view of with Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A spectacular view of with Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The medals that will be awarded at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, made by the Brazilian Mint, will contain recycled metal.

Made of gold, silver and bronze, the award medals will also include metal derived from recycled electronic equipment, illustrating Rio 2016’s commitment to sustainability.

Having become an official supplier of Rio 2016, the Brazilian Mint has committed to producing 4,924 award medals and 75,000 participation medals for the first edition of the Games to be staged in South America.

“The medals are one of the most important symbols of the Games and we are very pleased that we can count on the Brazilian Mint as our partner in this unique moment in the history of the Brazilian sport,” said Carlos Nuzman, Rio 2016 President.

Conceived by the Rio 2016 design team, the medals will be developed by designers at the Brazilian Mint.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is a very special event and we could not stay out of it,” said Brazilian Mint President Francisco Franco. “We hope most of these medals will be won by Brazilian competitors.”

The Brazilian Mint also produced the award medals for the 2011 Military World Games and 2007 Pan-American Games, which were both held in Rio de Janeiro.

For Rio 2016, it will produce the medals, medal ribbons, award diplomas, certificates of authenticity, participation and commemorative certificates, as well as the commemorative medals, which are special collectors’ items.