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Exactly one year till Olympics 2020: Organizers unveil medal designs while protestors demonstrate against the Games

The medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were unveiled to get their first public viewing exactly one year before the event’s opening ceremony. As fans celebrated the day around Tokyo displaying clocks showing 365 days to go, the organizers marked the day with this unveiling. According to them, the design is ‘intended to symbolise diversity and represent a world where people who compete in sports and work hard are honoured’.

The medals will be created entirely from recycled electronic devices, primarily mobile phones. About 32kg of gold were extracted from 6.2 million used mobile phones donated over two years by the Japanese public. Almost 3.5 tonnes of silver and 2.2 tonnes of bronze were also recovered from the donated devices.

The medals, this year, have a pebble-like appearance with a diameter of 8.5 centimeters. The front face will feature the traditional design featuring an image of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. The medal-design was chosen from over 400 entries from students and professional designers. Junichi Kawanishi, who became the eventual winner, was ecstatic about his design being selected. In a press statement, Kawanishi said, “With their shining rings, I hope the medals will be seen as paying tribute to the athletes’ efforts, reflecting their glory and symbolizing friendship.”

The capital city of Japan is spending about 15 billion dollar well above their original estimate at under 7 billion dollar to get ready for the Games. Eight new venues are being constructed along with the redevelopment of older venues. A group of anti-Olympic activists is against this huge spending for the Olympics. While the organizers were unveiling the medal design, the activist group participated in a demonstration for banning Tokyo Olympics. They were of the opinion that the Olympics should be banned not only in Tokyo but everywhere because it contributes to poverty. The protest ors said in a press conference that the money spend unnecessarily for the Olympics could be better used elsewhere.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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