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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.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic Ceremony Event in Tokyo Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing on Wednesday as Tokyo organisers marked exactly a year until the games open. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic Ceremony Event in Tokyo Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing on Wednesday as Tokyo organisers marked exactly a year until the games open. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal is unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing on Wednesday as Tokyo organizers marked exactly a year until the games open. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal is unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing on Wednesday as Tokyo organizers marked exactly a year until the games open. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
IOC President Thomas Bach, right, performs mock fencing with Japanese junior high school student Yui Hashimoto during an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 One year to Go ceremony event in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Bach is a former Olympic fencer and won a team gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games. Fans, sponsors and politicians celebrated the day around the Japanese capital, displaying placards and clocks showing 365 days to go until the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
IOC President Thomas Bach, right, performs mock fencing with Japanese junior high school student Yui Hashimoto during an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 One year to Go ceremony event in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Bach is a former Olympic fencer and won a team gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Games. Fans, sponsors and politicians celebrated the day around the Japanese capital, displaying placards and clocks showing 365 days to go until the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
IOC President Thomas Bach poses for a photo with Japanese junior high school student Yui Hashimoto, right, and Yuto Tojima, second from left, and Miraitowa, the mascot of Tokyo 2020 during an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 One year to Go ceremony event in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
IOC President Thomas Bach poses for a photo with Japanese junior high school student Yui Hashimoto, right, and Yuto Tojima, second from left, and Miraitowa, the mascot of Tokyo 2020 during an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 One year to Go ceremony event in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, Pool)
A boy pauses for photos during a One Year to Go ceremony held at Tokyo International Forum to mark one year until the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A boy pauses for photos during a One Year to Go ceremony held at Tokyo International Forum to mark one year until the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A man walks past the Olympic rings Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Tokyo, as Japan marks a year-to-go until hosting the summer games with Olympic medals being unveiled. The Summer Olympics will return to Tokyo next year for the first time since 1964. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A man walks past the Olympic rings Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Tokyo, as Japan marks a year-to-go until hosting the summer games with Olympic medals being unveiled. The Summer Olympics will return to Tokyo next year for the first time since 1964. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A man walks into a building decorated with Tokyo 2020 banners Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Tokyo. Tokyo's 1964 Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs and a new expressway, underlining Japan's recovery following World War II. Those games were the first seen worldwide by early satellites, sending the Olympics into a new era. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A man walks into a building decorated with Tokyo 2020 banners Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Tokyo. Tokyo's 1964 Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs and a new expressway, underlining Japan's recovery following World War II. Those games were the first seen worldwide by early satellites, sending the Olympics into a new era. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Commuters walk past the Olympic Rings Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Commuters walk past the Olympic Rings Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Rowers prepare for a test run at the Sea Forest Waterway, a venue for rowing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as Mount Fuji is visible in the distance in Tokyo. Scandals and rising costs have not deterred interest in Japan in the Tokyo Olympic. They open in a year with unprecedented ticket demand. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Rowers prepare for a test run at the Sea Forest Waterway, a venue for rowing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as Mount Fuji is visible in the distance in Tokyo. Scandals and rising costs have not deterred interest in Japan in the Tokyo Olympic. They open in a year with unprecedented ticket demand. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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