The last time Tokyo hosted the Olympics was in 1964.
Orgainizers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are in the process of collecting electronic waste in order to create medals made exclusively out of recycled material, according to numerous reports. Almost 50,000 tons of devices, including cameras, games consoles and laptops, plus more than five million smartphones, were collected for the Old Metals New Medals project across Japan over 18 months since it opened.
Over $3 million worth of metals have been collected from more than 5 million devices, most of which were handed in at NTT Docomo stores.
There was "huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and global athletes", said the committee.
The committee met its target of 2,700kg of bronze in June 2018, while nearly 94 percent of the 30.3kg gold target and over 85 percent of the 4,100kg silver target was met in October. While the target for bronze and silver has been attained, the gold remains bit short.
As of the end of October 2018, 93.7 per cent of the gold and 85.4 per cent of the silver required had been collected, while the full amount of bronze had been sourced as early as June of that year.
The organizers said they will announce the medal designs for the 2020 Games this summer. "The elite athletes are being looked after by a different set of professional people so that there is no bureaucracy", Rathore, an olympic silver-medallist in double-trap shooting, said.