Japan eyes recycled medals for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

  • AFP, Tokyo
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2016 16:00 IST
Kenjiro Sano, designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games logos, explains his designs during a news conference in Japan. (Reuters Photo) (Reuters Photo)

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organisers on Thursday advocated making their Olympic medals out of recycled metals in an effort to give an environmentally “sustainable” hue to the Games.

Members of a task force in charge of drawing up a “legacy plan” for the event are advocating that the gold, silver and bronze medals be made from recycled metals, task force chairman Hiroshi Komiyama told reporters. Komiyama said that discarded products such as mobile phones, personal computers and others containing precious metals could be used to produce the medals.

The idea will be submitted to a board meeting of the Tokyo Organising Committee later this month for formal approval, he said.

Behind the proposal is a recognition that the second summer Olympics for Tokyo, more than half a century after its first Games in 1964, needs to inspire the public with a novel idea, he said.

The 19-member task force also discussed whether Japan’s new national stadium will be made from recycled steel, aluminium, glass and wood, Komiyama said.

The country’s preparations for the global games suffered a humiliating setback last year when the government pulled the plug on the original design of the new national stadium following spiralling costs and complaints over the design.

Last month, Japan chose the new design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma after Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid’s stadium plan set off a row over a $2 billion price tag that would have made it the world’s most expensive sports venue.

The Tokyo organisers also came under fire over a plagiarism claim involving the original logo design chosen for the Games.

They are now in the final process of choosing a new logo, among more than 14,500 suggestions submitted from the public.

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