The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that, as part of its commitment to stage a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, it is planning to use metals collected from discarded or obsolete electronic devices in the production of the medals that will be awarded to athletes at the Games.
This initiative was agreed by the Tokyo 2020 board of directors at an executive board meeting earlier today. It responds directly to recommendation 4 of Olympic Agenda 2020 that states sustainability be integrated into all aspects of the planning and execution of the Games.
Partner companies in the venture will be selected by the spring of 2017, following which a process for sourcing the metals will be established. Further details will be announced in due course.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, These medals will be a permanent reminder to the Olympic champions of 2020 of their achievements. It's good to see that they will also send a strong message of sustainability around the world in line with Olympic Agenda 2020.
Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Hikariko Ono said, We believe this initiative will contribute to a sustainable Tokyo 2020 Games, and we are looking forward to the active engagement of partner organisations and the general public to help make it a success.