One Year to Go: Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveil gold, silver, bronze medals
Updated : 2019-07-25 11:22:14
With exactly one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics open, organisers marked the day by unveiling the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will symbolise the 2020 Games. Thousands of politicians, sponsors, and fans jammed a massive exhibition hall in central Tokyo on Wednesday, piling on speeches, musical interludes, and dancing performances to celebrate the one-year mark. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a cameo appearance to welcome the guests. And IOC President Thomas Bach repeated what he has said often in various places around the world. Despite all the talk and theatrics, the center stage belonged to the medals by Japanese designer Junichi Kawanishi. Kawanishi wrote that the medals are to "resemble rough stones that have been polished and which now shine with light and brilliance." The front side carries the Tokyo Olympic emblem, with the Greek goddess of victory on the back. The games will be held July 24-Aug. 9, 2020. Tokyo is spending about $20 billion to prepare the city to host the games, though exact Olympic spending is disputed and difficult to track. Five of the eight new venues are already finished, and the centerpiece, the $1.25 billion National Stadium, is to open by the end of the year.