Tokyo gave a nationwide competition for design professionals and students to come up with a winning concept for the 2020 Summer Olympic medal. This week, the Olympic committee has released the designs that are going to grace all 5,000 of the medals awarded during the global sports competition. The new medals have adopted a sustainable approach, which is unique to the Olympic games.
The medals designs are supposed to reflect light patterns that symbolize how athletes strive for success in everything they attempt. The plan also emphasizes the connection between fan and athlete and how there can be no individual participant without a crowd of supporters. The ribbons also call upon traditional Japanese designs and themes that reflect modern Japanese values toward diversity and unity.
This year, the medals are made out of entirely recycled medals that Japanese citizens offered up during the past years. The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project brought together 1,300 educational systems and over 2,000 electronic stores across japan to gather the materials for the medals. After some years, the Japanese Olympic committee received their goal of 30 kg of gold, 4,100 kg of silver, and 2,700 kg of bronze, which is needed to craft the Olympic medals.
This concept of sustainable medals is not new to the Olympic committee. Last summer Olympics at Rio in 2016 about 30 percent of silver and bronze medals were crafted from recycled materials. However, Japan sets the standards as the first Olympic host country that allowed its citizens to participate in the progress of medal creation.
The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project hopes to strive for more sustainable production of medals but does not want Olympic medal creation to end indefinitely. The committee also urges Japanese citizens to continue to donate old medals, since they can be used for future sports events across the country.