The Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) is reporting that the value of Paralympic medal incentives in Japan has been increased. The announcement was made earlier today by chairman of Japan Sports Association for the Disabled・Japan Paralympic Committee Torihara Mitsunorithe at an award ceremony for 2014 Winter Paralympics medalists.
The original decision was made in May, and was partially in response to Japan having been awarded the 2020 Summer Paralympics and Olympics. The value of Paralympic gold medals will be increased from JPY¥ 1 million (€7,260) to JPY¥1.5 million (€10,878). Silver medals will be now be worth JPY¥1 million, up from JPY¥700,000 (€5,078). Bronze medals will now be worth JPY¥700,000, up from ¥500,000 (€3,628).
Akira Kano won a pair of gold medals in the men’s sitting downhill and Super-G events. Taiki Morii won a silver in the men’s sitting Super-G. Takeshi Suzuki won a gold in the men’s sitting slalom and a bronze in the men’s sitting downhill. Kozo Kubo won a bronze in the men’s 7.5 km sitting biathlon.
Kano is quoted by the NHK as saying in response to the news, “I think it’s a result of the Paralympic Games having been evaluated as a sport, even more, their also work hard, I want to further increase the competition power.”
Olympic gold medalists are currently awarded around JPY¥3 million.