Tokyo 2020; Olympic & Paralympic Medal Design Competition launched

Press release by Tokyo 2020:

Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Medal Design Competition
20 December 2017

Tokyo 2020 launched today a competition whereby Japanese nationals and residents of Japan over 18 years old can submit design proposals for the medals that will be awarded at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The competition is aimed at those with design experience—young and old, design students and professionals. As a first step, applicants will be requested to submit their personal profiles and examples of previous design work for evaluation by 19 January 2018.

Applicants must:
– have previously created 3D art work in their academic or professional careers
– be 18 years or above on 1 April 2017
– be residing in Japan during the selection period (between January and August 2018)
– be able to communicate in Japanese – it will be necessary to liaise with the production company at various stages during the mock-up production process

Competition guidelines are available for download from the Tokyo 2020 website (available in Japanese only).

Those judged to meet the necessary criteria will be invited to submit designs for the Olympic medal (rear side) and for the Paralympic medal design (front and rear sides). Designers must submit their proposals for all three designs as a set.

A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel (TBC) comprising members of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, former athletes and professional designers will review all entries and select a shortlist of designs by April 2018. The designers of these and a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of the shortlisted designs, with the winning design set being selected in August 2018. The new medals will be unveiled in 2019.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals are something very special for all athletes. London 2012 Olympics boxing gold medallist and current WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata commented, “The medals need to last for ever. A simple design that you never tire of is better. The Tokyo 1964 and Nagano 1998 medals were impressive in that they had a Japanese feel to them.”

Earlier this year Tokyo 2020 commenced the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals – the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

Collection update (April – October 2017)
– approximately 1,874 tons of discarded devices collected by municipal authorities across Japan
– approximately 1.78 million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores across Japan

PyeongChang 2018; Medal Design Paralympic Games Unveiled

Today, POCOG unveiled the design for the medals of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics.



Photo: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)
Photo: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)


Press release POCOG

PyeongChang 2018 Unveils Paralympic Winter Games Medals

Creativity, culture and passion shine through the design

PyeongChang, December 11 – The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games medals were officially launched today to coincide with 88 days until the Games begin on March 09.

The stunning medals are based around the design principles of the Olympic Winter Games medals, but have their own unique characteristics whilst still being heavily influenced by Korean culture and traditions. Like the Olympic Winter Games medals, they were designed by LEE Suk-woo, an industrial designer from Korea.

The collection of medals – which are 92.5mm in diameter and 9.42mm in width – use the Korean Hangeul alphabet to engrave the consonants of “PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games’ around the edge. The alphabet dates back to the 15th century and the word Hangeul combines the archaic Korean word ‘Han’, which means ‘great’, and ‘Geul’ which means ‘script’. Hangeul is a very symbolic piece of Korean culture and history, and is still the official writing system used throughout the country today.

Traditional patterns including clouds, mountains, wind and wood that symbolize the beautiful nature of PyeongChang and Gangwon Province are engraved on the obverse.

The Paralympic symbol of three agitos appears on the front side of the medal; and the Paralympic Winter Games logo, along with the name of the specific sport feature on the back. On both sides you can see horizontal lines that represent the Paralympic values of equality, and on the back there is also brail, which reads “PyeongChang 2018”.

The ribbon from which the medal hangs is an equally important part of the design. It has been created using the traditional Gapsa textile of Korea, which is light and translucent and is used to make the traditional dress known as the hanbok. The light teal and light red ribbon – colours regularly used when making the hanbok – is embroidered with a delicate snowflake pattern.

The case created in which to keep the medals symbolises Korea’s traditional beauty of curved lines and shapes. It gives the feel of Korean aesthetics using simple but elegant lines that can be seen in the eaves of ‘hanok’, Korea’s traditional housing.

PyeongChang 2018 Games Ambassador and Korean Para Ice Hockey athlete JUNG Seung-hwan said, “I really love the design of the medals. I am sure that all the athletes during the Games in March will be very proud and honoured to wear this unique design around their neck. My team will certainly be doing all we can to put ourselves in contention to receive one.”

LEE Hee-beom, President of PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee added, “The Paralympic Winter Games medals for PyeongChang 2018 are a symbol of equality, creativity, culture and passion. The work that has gone into the design and manufacturing of the medals has been world class and we are all looking forward to the moment that the first medal will be awarded to the world’s best Paralympic athletes next year.”

Designer Lee has a long list of awards and accolades to his name including one of the Top 10 design concept consultants in the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards and was also selected as the next-generation leader of Korea by Forbes in 2013.

He said, “As the designer of both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games medals, it is very exciting for me to see them both now launched by the Organizing Committee as the countdown to the Games gets ever nearer.

“After years of work – and a few months of having to keep the design top-secret – I am very happy with the reception they have been given so far, and I hope the athletes that step onto the podium to receive them are just as happy!”

A total of 133 sets of Paralympic Winter Games medals will be awarded from March 09-18 across six sports and 80 events.

Tickets are on sale now. Each Games ticket includes access to the Olympic Plaza on that day, allowing spectators the chance to enjoy the cultural celebrations and activities that will take place there. Spectators can also witness the medal ceremonies and see the pride and passion of the athletes live, as they are rewarded for their remarkable achievements.



Explanation on the design of the medals

YOG – Buenos Aires 2018; Medal Design Competition

Press release by The International Committee:


Entering is the easy part: go to, then find your inspiration and submit your very own design. The competition opens today and runs until 12 January 2018.

The winning design and two runners-up will be selected by a judging panel made up of the Young Change Makers and Young Reporters who have been involved in the YOG since the inaugural Singapore 2010 edition of the Games. Also joining the panel will be IOC members and sporting legends Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and ice hockey Olympic champion, and Li Lingwei, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Buenos Aires 2018 and badminton star.

The winning design will be selected at the end of January 2018, and this will then feature on the gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to athletes in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October 2018.

In addition to the prestige of creating Olympic history, the winning designer will win a trip to Buenos Aires 2018 to enjoy the Opening Ceremony and witness the awarding of their medals in the sports competitions, as well as a full collection of medals featuring their design for the winner to cherish.
So what are you waiting for? Create a piece of Olympic history and enter your medal design!

PyeongChang 2018; Medal Design Unveiled

Today, POCOG unveiled the design for the medals of PyeongChang 2018:



Photo: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)
Photo: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)
Photo: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)
Photo: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)



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Rio 2016; Medal design and new slogan unveiled

Medal design

Photo: Screen capture (source)
Photo: Screen capture (source)

Read more: Innovative medal design unveiled for Rio 2016 [IOC]


New slogan: Um mundo novo / A New World


The manifesto in full
Building a new world.
With new eyes, new examples, new heroes.
Making new friends, creating new families.
Breaking down barriers.
Respecting one another, what is different, alternative – celebrating what is new.
Promoting gatherings, mixtures, unity – peace can be one step away, right there!
Surprising with new gestures.
Adopting new attitudes: all you need is the desire to change.
Because life is movement, passion, transformation.
Together, we can transform the world.
And this victory will be for all of us.
RIO 2016