Chengdu 2021 FISU Games Medal Design Unveiled

Chengdu 2021

The Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games unveiled the design of medals and materials used at medal ceremonies at an event held at World University Games Park on Friday.


At the event, splendid performances and promotional songs for the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games were staged to celebrate the release of the medals.



Shenzhou XIII taikonauts Zhai Zhigang, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu from China's space station sent their wishes through a video. "We, from China’s space station, some 400 kilometres from the Earth, wish our great motherland prosperity and wish the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games a great success. Chengdu makes dreams come true!"



FISU Acting President Leonz Eder also sent a video message. "It is with great pleasure that, as FISU Acting President, I am able to witness the release of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games official medals, as well as other Medal Ceremony related designs with you all here today... On behalf of FISU, I would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to Chengdu and I hope that all athletes will be able to see their dreams come true here," he said.


The debut of the medals marked the highlight of the event. Named "Rongguang", literally "Light of Chengdu", the medals focus on the expression of the characteristics of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games and Tianfu culture in the new era while highlighting the sporting spirit, the ancient Shu culture, and the vision of the host city.



The medals feature the Golden Sun Bird with geometric feathers, echoing the emblem of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games. The immortal bird ready for flight signifies flying to the future and realising dreams, which is in line with the slogan "Chengdu Makes Dreams Come True". The medals with unique pictorial elements and symbols relating to Chengdu from ancient to modern times present the evolution of China's 5,000-year-old civilisation, showcase Chengdu's confidence in hosting the Games, and express the desire to cheer on university student athletes, according to the designer. 



The reverse side of the medals is embedded with a piece of enamel with patterns of iconic buildings in Chengdu to showcase the city's image as a modern international metropolis and its diverse and inclusive culture. The design also incorporates the wings of the Golden Sun Bird at the bottom of the letter "U", symbolising that a divine bird is protecting this Land of Abundance. On the side of the medals, Chinese and English slogans are carved.



The medals are attached to a ribbon applying the craftsmanship and materials of Shu brocade, a national intangible cultural heritage of China. With patterns including the Golden Sun Bird, Chengdu city flower hibiscus, auspicious clouds, the emblem and the slogan of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games, and the FISU logo, the ribbon shows Chengdu’s openness and inclusiveness, celebrates life and sport, and conveys wishes for university student athletes making their dreams come true in Chengdu.



Along with the medals, the Podium, Tray, and Mascot for medal ceremonies were also released at the event.


The Podium is inspired by the Golden Sun Bird, with sky blue as its main colour. It is structured as an arc-shaped module that can be combined into a continuous wave form, signifying the passion and vitality of university student athletes who brave the winds and waves.



The Tray features a fan shape, resembling an ancient Shu mask. Carvings of the Golden Sun Bird and the Chengdu city flower hibiscus make it visually pleasing and easy to hold. Three trays, when combined into a circle, will form a complete pattern of the Golden Sun Bird.



The design of the Mascot Rongbao was inspired by the changing faces of Sichuan Opera, one of the symbols of Tianfu culture. Wearing a red sports hoodie, Rongbao’s head will show a painted face in Sichuan Opera style when the hoodie is zipped up.



Edited by Huang Xiaomei, revised by Huang Shuting, reviewed by Cai Juanjuan

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