A viable hockey field has been developed for this year’s Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo by Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), in collaboration with Polytan Asia Pacific and the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Hockey followers can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
APT, a global manufacturer of synthetic turf, created the Poligras Tokyo GT playing surface. It is the first synthetic hockey field in the world to have filaments made from more than 60% recyclable raw materials, in particular sugar cane.
Other durable features include a subsurface shock absorber that uses fully recycled rubber and a binder that has been produced with carbon dioxide. The field aligns with the objective of making Tokyo Olympic sustainable and carbon-neutral games.
The Olympic medals were made from precious metal extracted from cell phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public. Tokyo Olympic officials’ uniforms should be made from recycled plastic, while the Olympic flame is made from aluminum waste and the podiums from recycled household and marine plastic waste.
Roads that reflect heat and water-absorbing pavements, and a plan for all electricity used at competition venues and the athletes’ village to be produced by renewable energy, are among other initiatives designed to help fight against climate change proposed by the organizers. APT also claims Poligras Tokyo GT, which has been tested and certified by FIH, offers cooling technologies that keep surface temperatures 10 to 20% lower than those of other terrains.
This increases player comfort, with conditions in Tokyo expected to be warm and reduces the need for irrigation. The speed of the balls also increased by 15% on the new surface, compared to the ground used in Rio 2016, according to tests. The field was installed at the Oi Hockey stadium, the Tokyo Olympic hockey site.