Tokyo 2020 Pans For Gold In ‘Urban Mines’ To Make Olympic Medals From Old Metal

Takeshi Matsuda of Japan claimed bronze in the 200m butterfly at two Olympic Games, two other Olympic medals and a treasury of other international honours - by Patrick B. Kraemer

“In this age of materials, it is a great initiative to make Olympic and Paralympic medals, the symbol of hard work for athletes, out of metal collected from urban mines” – Takeshi Matsuda. Tokyo 2020 has found the gold in going green as it prepares to host the next Olympic Games: it has invited the Japanese population to give to the organising committee its discarded or obsolete electronic devices in order to use the metal in the production of the medals that will be awarded three and a half seasons from now.

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