Amazing: 80,000 Tons Of Used Electronics Were Refined Into 5,000pcs Olympic MEDALS
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Amazing: 80,000 Tons Of Used Electronics Were Refined Into 5,000pcs Olympic MEDALS

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"There is almost no another city that can prepare so great in advance one year before the Summer Olympics like Tokyo, Japan," said by the chairman of the Olympic Committee, Bach. On 28th, the 2020 Japan Olympics countdown to the first anniversary celebration ceremony was held in Tokyo, Japan. The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee announced the champion‘s medals weighs about 556 grams, the runner-up’s medal weighs about 550 grams, and there are about 5000pcs medals which would be the heaviest summer Olympic medals.

Amazing: 80,000 Tons Of Used Electronics Were Refined Into 5,000pcs Olympic MEDALS

The Tokyo Olympic Games will be held from July 24 to August 9, 2020, and all preparations have entered the sprint stage. According to Japan's TBS TV station, the new Tokyo National Stadium, which is the main venue for the opening ceremony, has been paved with lawns this month, and 90% of it has been completed. In November this year, all the courtyard workers will be tested. "Nihon Keizai Shimbun" said that Tokyo Haneda Airport introduced a face recognition system on the 24th, and foreigners holding short-term visas such as travel and business within 90 days can use the system to clear customs quickly.

About the most concerned problem,according to the "Japan Times", nearly 90% of the Japanese people did not get the tickets in the first round of ballots, but the "Additional draw" will be implemented next month, with more than 600,000 tickets sold. As a sponsor of the Olympic Games, three Japanese travel agencies have launched Olympic travel packages starting from the 24th. Packages include opening and closing ceremonies, tickets for 16 events, and 18-day hotel accommodations. Package prices are 4.5 million yen (about 286,000 yuan).

According to reports, the gold and silver medals are the heaviest in the weight of the summer Olympic medals. The Olympic medals were publicly solicited by the Olympic Games Organizing Committee and designed by Osaka designer Chuanxi Junshi. Selected by design stakeholders and retired athletes in July 2018. The gold medal is plated with more than 6 grams of gold, and the silver medal is made of pure silver. The 450-gram bronze medal is made of brass containing a small amount of zinc. The diameter is the same as the Olympic medals in recent years, 85mm. The name of the project is inscribed on the side. The other side of the medal was designed accordance with the provisions of the International Olympic Committee, the goddess of victory in Greek mythology, with the background of the Athens Panasinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games were held.

"Urban Mining" helps collect the raw materials of the medals

In February this year, Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, stated on the council that the Tokyo Olympics intends to recycle old mobile phones and "turn waste into treasure" to make medals. On July 10, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee stated that it had collected and refined the recycled metal required for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to produce 5,000 medals. It is reported that the theme of "Environmental Friendly Olympics" is one of the promises of the Tokyo Olympics. It is the first attempt in the history of the Olympics to use metal extracted from small electronic devices such as used mobile phones to make medals. To this end, in April 2017, Japan has launched an event called "Metro Mines Make Our Medal!"

The "urban mine" refers to the recovery and refining of precious metals in wasted electronic products to obtain available resources. The Japanese government has called on citizens to participate extensively, donating unused old phones and home appliances.

According to data released by the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, making 5,000 medals requires 30.3 kg of gold, 4100 kg of silver, and 2700 kg of copper. Until March of this year, the local governments around Japan have received nearly 80,000 tons of donated items, refining about 32 kg of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of copper. It is reported that nearly 80,000 tons of donated items are mainly from 28 small household appliances represented by abandoned mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, and portable game consoles.

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