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What are the Tokyo Olympic medals made of?

Find about as to what the Tokyo Olympic medals are made of, as the Summer Olympic Games are just around the corner.

What are the Tokyo Olympic medals made of?

Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner, as the world awaits to witness the multi-sport event, which takes place in the capital of Japan. The Summer Olympics were postponed to 2021, after the covid-19 pandemic wrecked havoc in the previous year. Although, the Olympic Games will be held behind closed doors, there is surely a lot of excitement around the global sporting event.

One of the most intriguing and innovative things about the Summer Olympics is it’s Medal Design. Japan is known to be a country which has always stayed a step further when it comes to innovation. They have lived up to their promise this year as well, as Japan has designed 5,000 medals for the Olympic Games using an amazing strategy.

5,000 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals have been made from recycled electronics, which have been collected it from all over the world. The move was planned in 2017, as the public were asked to donate their old or unwanted phones. A similar method was used in the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.

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Medals at Tokyo Olympics

One might question as to whether the Gold Medals at Olympics are actually made out of Gold. However, they are never fully made out of Gold, as the current guidelines require a minimum of 6 grams of gold. The majority of the medals are composed of Silver. The medals are designed by Junichi Kawanishi.

According to the International Olympic Committee, the medals should be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick. The IOC also requires three basic features in a medal – Nike (representing Greek Goddess of Victory), official name of the Olympic Games, and the trademark five rings symbol.

MedalGoldSilverBronze
Weight556 g550 g450 g
CompositionMore than 6 grams of Gold plating on pure silverPure SilverRed Brass

The Victory Medal Ribbon design has an interesting concept, as it reflects the traditional Japanese culture. The ribbon will reflect Japan’s message of “Unity in Diversity.” Silicone convex lines have been placed on the surface of the ribbon, which will make it easier to recognize the kind of medal.

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