Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled electronic waste

Great Britain men's foil fencer Richard Kruse

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

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are taking a more eco-friendly approach for Olympic and Paralympic medals: Each bronze, silver, and gold award will be made from recycled electronic gadgets.

India last won a gold medal in the Olympics during the 2008 games in Beijing. Almost 50,000 tons of devices, including cameras, games consoles and laptops, plus more than five million smartphones, were collected for the Old Metals New Medals project across Japan over 18 months since it opened.

It managed to extract the 2,700kg of copper (used to make bronze) required for its medal haul by June 2018, and had reached 93.7 per cent of its 30.3kg gold and 85.4 per cent of its 4,100kg silver goals by October past 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.

Tokyo 2020 claimed this is "thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and worldwide athletes".

The designs for the Tokyo 2020 medals will be unveiled later this year. As of the end of October, the project had collected 93.7 percent of the gold and 85.4 percent of the silver required.

All Olympic and Paralympic medals can be made from devices already donated, the committee is estimating, with nationwide collection scheduled to stop on 31 March.

Britain, which has never won a medal in Olympic basketball, claimed 67 medals, including 27 golds, at the 2016 Rio Games.

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