Saturday, 7 August 2010

Delhi Commonwealth Games medals unveiled

The medals for the XIX Commonwealth Games, to be held in Delhi from October 3-14, were unveiled here today by Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi who hoped that most of them would be won by the hosts themselves.

The medal has a simple design, with its dominant form being a rising upward spiral, representing the rise from struggle to glory for each athlete.

The front of the medal has the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi logo and dates. The reverse side has the emblem of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

The medal is 6 mm thick with a diameter of 63.5 mm. The signature element’s starting fin is raised by 1 mm and it rises up to 3 mm on the last fin. The embossed logo and date is raised by 1mm.

The lanyard of the medal carries all six Games colors (pink, purple, green, red, yellow and blue) blending into each other. It is created with Delhi 2010 brand and design elements.

The medal case is clean and simple with black background enhancing the logo embossed on top in Gold, Silver or Bronze - matching the medal inside.

Mr Kalmadi said the OC had ordered 1408 medals in all, including multiple medals for team events.

"Indian athletes won 50 medals in the 2006 Games. We hope 70 of these wonderful medals will be won by Indian athletes. India finished fourth in the medal tally at Melbourne. We’re hopeful of moving to the third place this time," Mr Kalmadi said at a press conference here this evening.

He said his confidence stemmed from the fact that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had provided as much as Rs 700 crore for the training of Indian athletes for the mega event that will be held in India for the first time.

The cost of producing each gold medal is Rs 5,539, while every silver medal costs Rs 4,818 and a bronze medal Rs 4,529. The total cost of producing all the medals is Rs 81,08,566 including the price of the boxes and lanyards, he said.

Considering the various constraints in medal manufacture, Tombac Bronze (92% copper, 6% zinc and 2% nickel) was selected as base metal. This metal has the ability to flow under compressive force and allow formation of sharp and firm features in design.

The India Government Mint, Kolkata, was entrusted with the design, development and manufacture of the medals. The Image & Look department of the CWG Delhi 2010 had created four design options from which the final design for selected


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