Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Medal Design

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal design concept

The design of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal features a traditional Japanese fan motif, depicting 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. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together. Here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of their nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolise Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves and water. The surface is created with slight differences in thickness and each natural element is portrayed with different treatments, giving them a unique feel.

The design of both the front and back of the medals was selected as the winning entry of the Tokyo 2020 Games medal design competition.

In line with the regulations of the IPC, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal will feature “Tokyo 2020” in braille on the obverse side of the medal. Furthermore, 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.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal design

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games gold medal

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games silver medal

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games bronze medal

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal concept video

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Medals

Medal specifications

Diameter 85mm
Thickness Thinnest part: 7.7mm
Thickest part: 12.1mm
Weight Gold: about 556g
Silver: about 550g
Bronze: about 450g
Composition Gold: more than 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver
Silver: pure silver
Bronze: red brass (95% copper and 5% zinc)
Ribbons Attached to the top of medals
Side of Medal The name of the event will be engraved in English

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medal designer

Medal designer

Sakiko Matsumoto

Born in 1989 in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture.
Graduated from Tama Art University’s Department of Fine Arts with a major in graphic design (2014).
Joined Hakuhodo Product’s Inc. in 2014 as an in-house designer.

Design of the victory medal ribbon

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”.

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.

Medal case design

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal case is made of tamo wood (Japanese ash) in the traditional Japanese indigo colour, handmade by the sophisticated Japanese woodworking skills of expert craftsmen. Each medal case has its own distinct wood fibre pattern highlighted beneath the indigo colour surface, symbolising the diversity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The round-shaped case and lid, held together with a magnet, slides open to display the medal inside. The medal case comes with a bag made exclusively to carry the medal.

Behind the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal