The 2020 schedule by session was approved by the IOC Executive Board on 18 July 2018, with the exception of swimming, diving, and artistic swimming. With more than 90 per cent of Japan’s local authorities participating, a total of 78,985 tons of discarded devices were collected, a haul which included approximately 6.21 million used mobile phones, along with digital cameras, handheld games and laptops, all of which were then classified, dismantled and melted down by highly trained contractors. An Olympic medal is awarded to successful competitors at one of the Olympic Games.There … Under new IOC policies, which allow the host organizing committee to add new sports to the Olympic programme to augment the permanent core events, these Games will see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, as well as the return of baseball and softball for the first time since 2008..  The other five sports were rejected at this point: karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu. The Olympic Games refer to a worldwide tournament of sorts where athletes from all over the world come together to compete in their respective countries’ name and honor.  Tickets will be sold through 40,000 shops in Japan and by mail order to Japanese addresses through the Internet. The Olympic torch for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 incorporates several elements of Japanese culture, and reinforces Tokyo 2020’s Olympic Torch Relay concept: “Hope lights our way”. The 2020 Winter Youth Olympics medal table is a list of National Olympic Committees …  Eurosport plans to sub-license coverage to free-to-air networks in each territory, and other channels owned by Discovery, Inc. subsidiaries. The first phase of the relay began on 12 March 2020, with the traditional flame lighting ceremony at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece. The applicant cities of Baku and Doha were not promoted to candidate status. With exactly one year to go before the start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Organising Committee (TOCOG) has at last unveiled the design of the medals that will be awarded at the Games next summer. The final vote was a head-to-head contest between Tokyo and Istanbul. These names were chosen from a shortlist of four from an original 150 pairs of names; the other three shortlisted names were "Shining Blue" and "Shining Blue Tokyo", "Games Anchor" and "City Anchor", and "Games Force" and "City Force". The exhibition sumo tournament was scheduled to take place on 12 and 13 August 2020, but it was eventually cancelled.  The results of the selection were announced on 28 February 2018, and the mascots were named on 22 July 2018. The disruption caused by postponing the Games is covered by the insurance policy; those likely to make claims for their financial losses include local organisers, sponsors, hospitality firms, and travel providers. Torino 2006. Bronze: about 450g , South Korea asked the International Olympic Committee to ban the Japanese Rising Sun Flag from the 2020 Summer Olympics, because South Korea's ministry of culture, sports and tourism claims the flag is a symbol of Japan's imperialist past and recalls "historic scars and pain" for people of Korea just as the swastika "reminds Europeans of the nightmare of World War II". The committee also outlined areas it would be exploring in order to maintain the health and safety of all participants. The design is meant to "express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan". Originally to be held at Youth Plaza Arena; proposal for venue change to Saitama Super Arena in late 2014 was confirmed in March 2015 by the IOC. PyeongChang 2018.  The relay is scheduled to end at Tokyo's new National Stadium, where the torch is to be used to light the Olympic cauldron at the finale of the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. South Korea did not formally object against the flag until 2011. These five traditional colors of Japan are used as sub-colours to create points of difference in the colour variations. Two of the events were held in late 2018, but the main test event schedule commenced in June 2019, and was originally due to be completed in May 2020 prior to the start of the Olympics. , On 24 July 2019, the designs of the medals were unveiled. [e], The Nippon Festival was initially announced in late 2019, and is expected to feature art and performances that are modern while being tied to Japanese culture, including a hybrid kabuki-opera production. , Applications for volunteering at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were accepted beginning on 26 September 2018.  The mascots are expected to help finance the Tokyo Games through merchandising and licensing deals.  Some Tōhoku residents have questioned the decision to use the region as a host site, arguing that preparations for the Games have slowed recovery efforts, and that the region has lost workers to projects associated with the Games.