Tokyo Olympic Medal Design Unveiled
Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)--The design of the Olympic medals for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games were unveiled on Wednesday, featuring a unique, rose-like swirl pattern.
Curved lines are engraved at different angles on the reverse face, producing a swirl pattern that reflects light hitting the medal from different directions. The curved lines encircle an "ichimatsu moyo" harmonized checkered ring, which is the official Tokyo Olympic emblem, as well as the words "Tokyo 2020" and the five interlaced rings of the official Olympic symbol.
The design, themed "light and brilliance," was created by designer Junichi Kawanishi, 51, and selected from 421 design proposals.
"I hope that the medals can celebrate the hard work and glory of the athletes, as well as worldwide friendships, with the shining rings of light," Kawanishi said.
The design for the obverse face of the medals features Greek goddess of victory Nike in front of the Panathinaikos Stadium, the official name of the Tokyo Olympics and the Olympic five rings symbol, all in accordance with International Olympic Committee regulations on medal designs.
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