Since the beginning of these Olympics during the medal ceremonies included athletes receiving a bouquet of flowers after being presented with their respective medals. The Rio Olympics are changing this tradition and have replaced the arrangements with a model of the logo . This hasn't escaped viewer’s attention, and now everyone is asking why the medalists are receiving a sculpture of the Rio Olympics logo instead. Well, the answer is simple, Sustainability.
The main theme for the 2016 Olympics is sustainability, with the majority of the torch relay focusing on stories around it. This is also the reason flowers were replaced since it's not a gift most athletes treasure anyway.