Sunday, August 8, 2010

OC CWG Delhi unveils medals for the Games

OC CWG Delhi unveils medals for the Games

2010-08-08 15:30:40 - Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Friday unveiled the victory medals for the Games.The victory medals were unveiled by OC CWG Delhi 2010 Chairman, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP and Dr. Lalit K. Bhanot, Secretary General, here at the OC headquarters

The medals for Delhi 2010 are a product of excellence and reflect the spirit of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, a testament to brilliance and success of the athletes.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.” said Mr. Kalmadi.“The Prime Minister has given us Rs 700 crore for training of athletes, I am confident that will reflect in India’s medal tally,” added Mr. Kalmadi.

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.

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 Delhi2010 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 colour 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.

OC CWG Delhi 2010 has ordered a total of 1,408 medals, which includes multiple medals for team events. 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 these medals is Rs 81, 08,566 including the price of the boxes and lanyards.

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 Functional Area of the OC CWG Delhi 2010 has created 4 design options for victory medals. After sampling the existing design was selected for final prototype.

The authorities had prepared 4 photographic perspective views of the medals. State of the art CNC Engraving Machines are being used for manufacturing. Sample medals took almost a month to manufacture to match the conceptual view.

Due to high projection the life of each die was very short which meant that total number of dies required for manufacture of medals are very high.

The manufacture of the medals is in full swing. The medals will be subjected to a very special process called ‘Frosting’ for generation of matte surface on the base and top surface of the letters and main design will be polished to a glossy finish. Each medal requires manual and intricate finishing bringing the conceptual artwork to reality.

Rohan Bopanna Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi out of the Legg Mason Classic

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the Legg Mason Classic ATP Tournament in Washington DC semi finals on Saturday.Less than a week after winning a record 62nd ATP double title, the famed Bryan Brothers were comprehensively beaten by India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi.

Rohan and Aisam, unseeded at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington D.C., defeated the second seeded Americans 7-6 (6), 7-5, in a reverse of last week's result in Los Angeles where the Bryans defeated the Indo-Pak duo.

Indian partner Rohan Bopanna Pakistan’s leading tennis star Aisamul Haq advanced to the doubles semi -finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Bopanna and Aisamul Haq Qureshi lost to Mardy Fish (US) and Mark Knowles (Bahamas) 7-5, 7-5 in a closely-contested semifinal.

Bopanna and Qureshi have enjoyed a highly successful run in recent times, with their partnership reaping rich dividends in the international circuit. The duo reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, their best ever result yet in a Grand Slam, having won their first ATP World Tour title together earlier in the year in South Africa. The pair will compete in the US Open at the end of August, where they hope to better their Grand Slam record, given their improving form.

Bopanna was also named a 'Champion for Peace' by the neutral international organization 'Peace and Sport' - joining a group of 47 elite international athletes who spread the message of peace through their sport.

Not only did Bopanna and Qureshi not face a single break point in their straight-sets win over their much vaunted opponents, but the duo also handed the Bryans their first defeat in the American capital city since 2003.

Bopanna and Qureshi will next play Mardy Fish and Mark Knowles in the semi-finals of the $1,165,500 ATP 500 tournament. An elated Rohan commented, "This victory is really satisfying on many levels. After the Bryan brothers beat us last week, this win shows that we were able to analyze what went wrong with our game and correct those faults to come back and win convincingly against these very tough players. Both Aisam and I know that our game has been improving steadily and we have the confidence and ability to be amongst the best. Our plan was to play aggressively from the start, and that's what we successfully did".

Samyukta Ranganathan

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