Japan eyes recycled medals for Tokyo Games


Tokyo 2020 organizers 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 Organizing 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 a new design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma after Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid’s stadium plan set off a row over a ¥252 billion price tag that would have made it the world’s most expensive sports venue.

The Tokyo organizers 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 from more than 14,500 suggestions submitted by the public.

  • thedudeabidez

    With or without Cesium-137?

  • Parmenion Macedon

    The title is slightly miss leading. To say they were made with “recycled medals” would mean that they were made from medals that had been recycled.

    Where as what was meant is “Medals made from recycled metal”, which at least in the case of gold is almost redundant as it is the most recycled metal in history AFAIK.