Would you like to know what the medals for the three best teams will look like at the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments? Well, exactly one year until the Olympic flame is lit in the Japanese capital, we have the answer.
The medal design will be that of Junichi Kawanishi, selected by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in a competition that attracted more than 400 submissions.
The medals of the Japanese artist resemble rough stones that have been polished and refined over time, just as athletes strive daily to refine their achievements to achieve victory and fame.
Kawanishi hopes that “the medals will be seen as a tribute to the efforts of athletes that reflect their fame and also symbolize friendship.”
However, the medals awarded in the context of Tokyo 2020 are unique in that they are made throughout Japan. How, you ask?
Recycling technology: the gold, silver and bronze elements of the Tokyo 2020 medals will be made from metals extracted from used electronic devices.
A countrywide effort: over the last two years, thousands of Japanese from all across the country have donated more than 78,000 tons of mobiles and devices to be used in the manufacture of the medals.
Another detail unveiled on Wednesday was the design of the band where the medals will hang. The geometric drawings are inspired by the traditional Japanese design of Ichimatsu Moyo (harmonized checkerboard) and Kasane No Irome (traditional techniques of kimonos).