For the first time, the award was presented for activities in the field of motorcycle safety.
The press release reads:
Mr. Michio Arai was awarded the Gold Medal as President and Representative of Arai Helmet Ltd, a motorcycle helmet manufacturer in Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The awards were made by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM; International Motor Sports Federation).
FIM is the international organization that leads the supervision of motor sports in more than 80 countries around the world. Based in Switzerland, FIM is also recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Their special gold medal named after Nicolas Rodil del Valle, former President of FIM, was first presented in 1983. The award recognizes significant personal contributions to two-wheeled sports and related activities. FIM awarded Mr. Arai with this medal for “Achievements in the safety of riders and significant contributions to motorcycling over the years”… Moreover, Mr. Arai is the twenty-third nominee for this medal, but he is the first to receive it for the manufacture of motorcycle equipment.
Building on the company’s recognition of this award, Arai Helmet has continued to manufacture helmets without compromising on safety since its inception, Japan’s first helmet company. It is no exaggeration to say that the company’s approach to safety is appreciated all over the world, which is confirmed by the presentation of this award. Mr. Arai received the award directly from FIM on November 30 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, at the FIM Awards Ceremony General Meeting.