What’s in a Tokyo 2020 Medal? Old Phones, Discarded Cameras

February 8, 2019, 2:03 pm EST | Share:

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that is required to manufacture all Olympics and Paralympic medals.

In just over five hundred days, all of the metals in the Toyko 2020 Olympics will be made from discarded smart phones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.

In a statement Friday, organizers said targeted amounts of bronze, silver, and gold will be extracted from the discarded devices with quotas expected to be reached by March 31.

The design of the Tokyo medals will be unveiled later this year.

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