The gold, silver and bronze medals will be the ultimate goal for all athletes competing at the Games and will export a lasting legacy of the event’s hospitality received in true Turkmen style.
Shaped in the form of an eight pointed star the medal represents the most characteristic Turkmen symbol, and emblem of the country, the Oguz Khan Star. The intricate design incorporates other symbolic iconography from the Turkmen tradition. The olive branches, ancient symbol for peace, allude to country’s neutrality status and its commitment to peaceful development of international relations.
The five traditional carpet motifs, inside the olive branches represent the five provinces of the country, but that have in the past also symbolized the five major tribes or houses, and stand for the traditionally warm Turkmen hospitality.
Above the event wordmark appears a waxing crescent moon that symbolises the hope of the country for a shining future, and five five-pointed stars which again represent the five provinces of Turkmenistan.
On the reverse of the medal is the Ashgabat 2017 logo. The logo is made up of various elements which together represent the Games motto Health, Inspiration and Friendship while the circular shape reflects unity and sharing these values with the world.
The akhal-teke horse is a national symbol of Turkmenistan, these horses are world renowned for their speed, endurance and intelligence and represent Health. The crescent moon is a recognised symbol shown on the Turkmenistan national flag that represents Inspiration, while the star is the symbol of the Olympic Council of Asia which represents welcoming countries to Turkmenistan and is a symbol of Friendship.
A total of 2000 medals will be produced for the Games, weighing all together 721 kilograms and each medal will be uniquely crafted in a process that from raw materials to packaging will take six hours.