By Oluwole Francis
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers have gotten a pat on the back for the environmental friendly deployment of technology with the call on the Japanese public to donate old smartphones and other old electronic devices to help make medals for the 2020 Games.
Tokyo’s organising committee is aiming to collect eight tonnes of gold, silver and bronze at recycling bins across Japan from April, officials said, to make 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals.
Tokyo 2020 said e-waste such as digital cameras, laptops and games units can also be donated at collection boxes in more than 2,000 stores of mobile phone giant and Olympic sponsor NTT Docomo.
Chief Onyali, a five-time Olympian said, the environmental content is what makes me happy. That alone will create a new stream of employment. Sports is a massive industry that can make the societies in the world worthy to live in.
Recycled metals have been used in previous years to make Olympic medals, including in Rio last year where the silver and bronze medals were 30% made from recycled materials. “An Olympic medal is one of the most coveted items in existence,” American two-time Olympic decathlete champion Ashton Eaton said.
“People spend decades, often agonising ones, working to obtain one Olympic medals, here we are, we can get over 5,000 Olympic medals from used items that would have clogged our environment and threaten human existence” Onyali added.
“I just wish Nigeria can have the capabilities to be able to deploy such technologies to support sports development. Imagine the number of employment such technology can create.
Organisers insisted they would look to keep costs as low as possible with Tokyo’s preparations for the Games plagued by concerns over soaring prices. Experts had warned the total Games budget could hit an eye-watering $30 billion — four times the initial estimate and almost triple that of the 2012 London Olympics. In response, organisers unveiled a streamlined budget of just under $17 billion in December 2016.
Sincerely speaking, the Japanese economy would be saved of so much money importing the materials that would have been needed in the manufacture of the medals as well as enjoy the value of jobs created which are mathematical advantages of hosting the world in their country.