Despite the surge of Covid19 cases in Japan, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital between 23 July and 8 August 2021.
They will involve 33 competitions and 339 events, held across 42 venues while the Paralympics, set to take place between 24 August and 5 September will feature 539 events, across 22 sports, at 21 venues.
While athletes are getting ready for an unusual competition, what excites us the most is the recently released Tokyo 2020 Olympic Podiums. As sustainability and diversity are central to the competition’s theme this year, the event’s organizers partner with Procter & Gamble to 3D print 98 podiums which conserve raw materials and save energy.
Created by designer Asao Tokolo, also behind the emblems of Tokyo 2020, the 3D printed podiums represent Japan, its traditions, but also the values specific to the Olympic Games. Indeed, through the design and the colors used, including the traditional indigo dye, Asao Tokolo wanted to symbolize the evolution of Japan while recalling its history. The podiums are therefore 3D printed from recycled plastic that were collected from over 2,000 locations around Japan and can be recycled again at the end of the games.
Marie Sallois, director of the department in charge of organizational development, brand and sustainability at the CIO, states: “The Tokyo 2020 “podium” project is a perfect example of how the Olympic Games can be a source of inspiration for lasting change in a host city and country. We are very excited to see this project take shape, which adds to our efforts to tackle plastic waste globally. The IOC will continue to work closely with the Tokyo Organizing Committee to ensure that sustainability is an integral part of the 2020 Olympic Games and the legacy they leave.”
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