Thursday , 25 April 2024

Great Japanese response to the construction of ecological Olympic medals!

Tokyo 2020's ’old metals into new medals' initiative got a welcome boost from athletes taking part in the Japan Open 2017 swimming event at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre.

The project is aimed at recovering precious metals from discarded and obsolete electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops, and reusing these in the production of athletes' medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. As well as giving the wider public an opportunity to play a role in the Games' preparation, the initiative is helping to promote sustainability and reduce costs. On hearing of the project, a number of Japanese and overseas swimmers competing in the Japan Open 2017 brought along their old or discarded devices to donate.

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