Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers on Thursday (June 3) held an event to unveil the podium, costumes, music and medal trays that will be used during the victory ceremonies, as the countdown to the opening of the Summer Games reached the 50-day mark.
The podiums were created using donated recycled household plastic to help contribute towards a sustainable society, organisers said.
Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto noted the hardships that athletes have faced after the Games were postponed by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but said they were on the cusp of being able to compete.
“I believe you must have gone through tremendous struggles to overcome this past year. However, in 50 days we can welcome you onto this stage and we are at the point of being able to open the Games,” she said in opening remarks.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23 and the Paralympics on Aug. 24.
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