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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 medals have been unveiled!

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 medals have been unveiled!

Tasneem Nazari

With exactly one year to go until the Olympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 organising committee has unveiled the medals that will soon adorn the champions of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Made from recycled metals collected from 6.21 million electronic devices, the medals feature Greek goddess Nike standing at the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Olympics symbol.

Picture credit: The Verge

According to Greek mythology, Nike was the goddess of victory. She was the daughter of the Titan Pallas and the goddess Styx. She and her three siblings, Kratos (power), Bia (force) and Zelus (zeal), were companions of Zeus. Holding the role of the divine charioteer, Nike flew above battlefields and gave glory to those who were victorious.

The medals were designed by Junichi Kawanishi, a representative of SIGNSPLAN Sign Designer, Executive director of Japan Sign Design Association USD-O and Osaka Design Association Association Director

Picture credit: The Verge

The medals are all 85mm in diameter, measuring 7.7mm at their thinnest part and 12.1mm at their thickest.

FYI, the gold medals are made up of 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver. Meanwhile, the silver medals are made from pure silver, and the bronze medals made up of red brass alloy containing 95% copper and 5% zinc.


The unveiling of the medals was the main event during an extravagant ceremony in Tokyo to commemorate the countdown until the Games.

And again, in case you missed it the first time; true to Japanese culture, the medals were fully made from recycled materials.


The Tokyo 2020 organising committee achieved this by launching an extensive two-year campaign in April 2017 to collect donated electronic devices from the Japanese people to harvest necessary metals required to create the medals.

The committee reportedly managed to collect 6.21 million electronic devices.

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