Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

The 2020 Olympic medals will be made out of what?

The 2020 Olympic medals will be made out of what?

It will be the first time the Japanese capital has hosted the Games since 1964.

The Tokyo 2020 organising committee is expected to reach its target of unwanted electronics to extract metals to manufacture the Olympic winners' medals.

"Thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes, it is estimated that the remaining amounts of metals required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", Tokyo 2020 said in the press statement.

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 global athletes", it claimed.

Next year's medals will be made in part from metal recycled from cellphones and small electronic devices.

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The target for bronze was met last June, while the organisers had more than 90% of the gold and 85% of the silver by October.

Collection centers were set up across 1,594 municipalities, where around 47,488 tons of discarded gadgetry were dumped as of November previous year.

The £3m Aspiration Fund was launched in December 2018 and initially saw 14 Olympic and Paralympic sports receive investment to help support their ambitions for Tokyo 2020.

Just 30% of gold and silver medals were made out of recycled material at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, according to BBC.

Organisers had set a target of 2,700 kgs (about 5,950 pounds) of bronze, 30.3 kgs (67 pounds) of gold and 4,100 kg (about 9,040 pounds) of silver.

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