Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals unveiled
NHK -- Jul 25
Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have revealed the design for the medals that will be presented to the winners.

An unveiling ceremony was held in Tokyo on Wednesday, exactly one year before the opening of the Games.

The medals feature Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, and the official name of the Games on the face, as stipulated by the International Olympic Committee. The reverse shows the Tokyo Olympic emblem.

The design is simple, but the curves in various angles make the medals three-dimensional and look shiny from any direction.

The medals will be made from recycled metals extracted from mobile phones and other small electronic devices.

They are 85 millimeters in diameter and are about 12 millimeters thick, just as they were in the two previous Summer Games in London and Rio de Janeiro.

The gold medal weighs 556 grams, the silver 550 grams and the bronze 450 grams. Organizers say the gold and the silver are the heaviest in the history of the Summer Olympics.

Ribbons for the medals feature the Tokyo Games' colors of indigo and crimson, and a checker pattern called "ichimatsu".

The organizing committee plans to make a total of about 2,500 medals by the end of May next year.

東京五輪の開会式までちょうど1年。様々な記念イベントなどが開かれ、大会のメダルも初披露された。金メダルは、夏季の大会では最も重い約556グラム。今回は初めて、使用済みの携帯電話などから抽出された金属だけで作られたという。準備報告会に出席したIOC=国際オリンピック委員会のバッハ会長は「大会1年前にして、東京ほど準備が整っている開催都市を見たことがない」と話した。準備が着々と進むなか、課題も残されている。大会期間中は都心の混雑が懸念されていて、24日は首都高の交通量を規制する実証実験が行われた。選手や関係者は主に首都高で移動するため、大会期間中は4つの入り口が終日封鎖され、交通状況に応じて最大50の入り口が閉鎖される可能性がある。こうしたなか、会社に出社せずに離れた場所で仕事をする『テレワーク』が注目されている。去年、五輪を想定して行われた調査では、テレワークによって東京23区への通勤者が41万人減ったという。今年は約2300団体、延べ64万人がテレワークを実施する見通しとなっている。
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