Commonwealth Games medals unveiled

August 6th, 2010 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) The medals for the Commonwealth Games were unveiled here Friday by Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.

Kalmadi hoped that India will win more medals at home and will improve on their fourth place finish in Melbourne.

“Last time around the Indian team got 50 medals and came fourth in the games. This time we expect to come third. We can come second as well. We hope 70 of these wonderful medals will be won by Indian athletes. India finished fourth in the medal tally at Melbourne. We are hopeful of moving to the third place this time.

“There will be 271 gold medals, 271 silver medals and 282 bronze medals. The front of the medal has the Delhi logo. The back of the medal has the emblem of Commonwealth Games. The manufacturing of the medals is in full swing. There will 1,408 medals awarded in the CWG, including the multiple medals in the team events. The cost of each gold medal is Rs.5,539, silver is Rs.4,818 and the bronze cost Rs.4,529 each. The total cost of the medals is Rs.81.08 lakh,” Kalmadi said after unveiling the medals.

“The Prime Minister has given us Rs.700 crore ($7 billion) for training of athletes. I am confident that will reflect in India’s medal tally,” Kalmadi said at the OC headquarters

Lalit Bhanot, secretary general, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee was also present on the occasion.

The medal design is clean and simple and the dominant form that gives it dynamism is a rising upward spiral that starts taking shape from the plain textured base, gradually becoming the highlight of the medal. It represents the rise to glory for each athlete from struggle to their moment of glory.

The front of the medal has the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi logo and dates. The back has the emblem of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

The medal is 6 mm thick with a diameter of 63.5 mm.

The lanyard of the medal carries all six Games colours (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. The color and simplicity of the box is keeping with the significance of the product it carries. The black base provides an appropriate background to the multi-hued lanyard and the medal itself.

The India Government Mint, Kolkata, was entrusted with the design, development and manufacture of the medals. The image and look department of the CWG Delhi 2010 created four design options for victory medals. After sampling, the existing design was selected for final prototype.

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