CULTURE Tokyo 2020 unveils Paralympic medals design

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Tokyo 2020 unveils Paralympic medals design

Xinhua

21:10, August 25, 2019

TOKYO, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) - The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) unveiled the official design of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals on Sunday, exactly one year before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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The designs feature traditional Japanese fan motif and incorporate braille lettering. The medals depict the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds, according to the organizers.

Braille letters spell out "Tokyo 2020" on the medals' surface. A series of circular indentations on the side of the medals - one for gold, two for silver, three for bronze - make the medal types easy to distinguish by touch, the first time in Paralympic history that this provision has been made for athletes with a vision impairment.

The medals' weight, without ribbon or pin, amount to 526g, 520g, 430g in gold, silver, and bronze respectively. The three medals are all 85 mm in diameter.

As part of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals are being manufactured from recycled precious metals extracted from mobile phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public, the organizers said.  

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