Tokyo 2020 unveils Olympic medals design

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The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games today (Wednesday) has unveiled the Olympic medal design, medal ribbon and medal case at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games “1 Year to Go!” Ceremony.

The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals reflects the concept that in order to achieve glory, athletes have to strive for victory on a daily basis. The medals resemble rough stones that have been polished and which now shine, with “light” and “brilliance” their overall themes. The medals collect and reflect myriad patterns of light, symbolising the energy of the athletes and those who support them; their design is intended to symbolise diversity and represent a world where people who compete in sports and work hard are honoured. The brilliance of the medals’ reflections signifies the warm glow of friendship depicted by people all over the world holding hands.

The medals designed by Junichi Kawanishi, has 85 mm diameter with the thinnest part being  7.7mm and the thickest part: 12.1mm. The Gold medal weighs about 556g, silver about 550g and the bronze about 450g.

The gold medal will have more than 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver. The silver medal is made of pure silver, while the bronze medal contains red brass (copper) 95% and 5% zinc. On one side of the medal the name of the event will be engraved in English.

As per the International Olympic Committee regulations the medal design includes Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in front of the Panathinaikos Stadium; the official name of the respective Games, in this case the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic five rings symbol.

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

The ribbon will employ the traditional Japanese design motifs found in ichimatsu moyo (harmonised chequered patterns) and kasane no irome (traditional kimono layering techniques) in a modern presentation. The ribbon is designed to be a reflection of Japan itself and of the way the country demonstrates “Unity in Diversity”. The design also promotes the Tokyo 2020 brand vision of “Innovation from Harmony”.

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Silicone convex lines are applied on the surface of the ribbon so that anyone can recognise the type of medal (gold, silver or bronze) by simply touching it. Chemically recycled polyester fibres that produce less CO2 during their manufacturing process are used; these allow the ribbons to incorporate the Tokyo 2020 core graphic colours and to be extremely durable at the same time.

The design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal case is inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Games emblem. Each case pays tribute to the Olympians who have reached the pinnacle of athletic achievement. Japanese craftsmen will carefully create the cases with a blend of traditional and modern techniques. Like each individual Olympian who steps onto the field of play, each medal case is distinct and has its own wood fibre pattern subtly infused into the design.

All the medals are being made from the recycled electronics material.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) conducted the “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project” to collect small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan to produce the Olympic and Paralympic medals.

In the two years between April 2017 and March 2019, 100 per cent of the metals required to manufacture the approximately 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals have been extracted from small electronic devices that were contributed from people all over Japan. Every single medal that will be awarded to the athletes during the Tokyo 2020 Games are made from recycled metals. We are grateful for everyone’s cooperation to this project. We hope that our project to recycle small consumer electronics and our efforts to contribute to an environmentally friendly and sustainable society will become a legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project” is an official “Tokyo 2020 Nationwide Participation Programme”.

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