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Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops

Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops

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

The 2020 Olympic medals are going to be made from old mobile phones and other electronic devices.

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.

The Tokyo Organising Committee said Friday that the goal of collecting over 30kg of gold has been nearly completed, with the necessary amount of precious metals expected to be gathered by the end of March.

Tokyo 2020 will release the designs of its medals later this year.




By November 2018, a grand total of 47,488 tonnes of discarded devices had already been donated to Tokyo's municipal authorities, with an additional five million phones handed over by customers of a major local wireless service provider.

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.

"It is estimated that the remaining amounts of metal required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated", the organizers said in a statement.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, about 30% of the silver and bronze in medals came from recycled materials.

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.