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TOKYO (Reuters) — The medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be forged from recycled metal from old mobile phones and appliances donated by the general public to give them a sense of direct involvement in the Games, organizers said on Wednesday.

The move is also part of an effort to promote sustainability and save costs after the budget for the event ballooned to more than ¥3 trillion ($26.5 billion) at one point, though organizers reduced that sum to $16.8 billion late last year.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003497853


I think this is pretty cool.
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I'm really glad they're taking a step in the right direction with the Olympic Games. The Medals will probably look the same as any other Olympic medals
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Great idea!
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i don't know. Some might not be as motivated anymore.. since their medal will be literally "scrap" medal
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Aye. I think that's a pretty cool idea as well!
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dulun18 wrote:

i don't know. Some might not be as motivated anymore.. since their medal will be literally "scrap" medal


I think so, too. I know I wouldn't want a medal made from scrap silver.

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So we have athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to the perfection of their chosen sport . Whose literal blood, sweat, and tears has elevated them above the common man or woman. And we can't even be bother to pony up for proper medals. Geez Japan if you can't afford to host the games proper why'd you bother bidding for them?
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dulun18 wrote:

i don't know. Some might not be as motivated anymore.. since their medal will be literally "scrap" medal


I think so, too. I know I wouldn't want a medal made from scrap silver.



I thought those Olympic medals are 100% of whatever it is called until recently.

They mixed other metals in so it's not 100% gold/silver/bronze. etc.. even the gold medal is only worth a few hundreds dollar.
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TOKYO (Reuters) — The medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be forged from recycled metal from old mobile phones and appliances donated by the general public to give them a sense of direct involvement in the Games, organizers said on Wednesday.

The move is also part of an effort to promote sustainability and save costs after the budget for the event ballooned to more than ¥3 trillion ($26.5 billion) at one point, though organizers reduced that sum to $16.8 billion late last year.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003497853


I think this is pretty cool.


So, those of you with gold cellphones...

(Wonder if they'll advertise "We'll buy your old gold!" like we do on late-night cable.)
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I hope they don't consider using recycled cesium 137...
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some say efficient, some say genus, others say cheap.

Not that the whales are complaining. pretty sure they are getting tired of swimming in garbage phones and electronics.
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I wouldn't really care that much since I'd be in it for the title and glory, not how expensive the medal is. I've participated in tournaments in the past but I don't do it for the prize.
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So we have athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to the perfection of their chosen sport . Whose literal blood, sweat, and tears has elevated them above the common man or woman. And we can't even be bother to pony up for proper medals. Geez Japan if you can't afford to host the games proper why'd you bother bidding for them?


rather than being cheap, reusing materials could be an attempt for Japan to be seen in the world as a country that cares about climate change. recycling the metals "conserves energy, reduces air and water pollution, reduces greenhouse gases, and conserves natural resources." ( recycling faq )

edit: on the other hand, this decision was likely made without consulting the athletes. if they were hoping for a new shiny medal,
they may be a little disappointed.
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RedExodus wrote:

I wouldn't really care that much since I'd be in it for the title and glory, not how expensive the medal is.


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Does it really matter if the gold is newly forged or not? It's still just as shiny as it would've been otherwise... *shrugs*
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