The Yomiuri Shimbun A pommel horse used in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games is being exhibited in the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry in the Onitaka area of Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.
An official of the museum in charge of the exhibition said sports equipment dating back to that year is very rare.
“We hope people will come to see the rare, historic pommel horse,” the official said. It will be exhibited through Feb. 5.
The pommel horse was produced by Senoh Corp., a sports equipment manufacturer based in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
On the leg portion of the pommel horse, the Olympic logo and the characters “Tokyo 1964” can be found. The handles on the pommel horse are made of wood.
Several pommel horses were produced for the 1964 Games. One of them has been stored in the company’s warehouse.
The museum official said the other pommel horses were sold and it is unknown whether they exist.
In the 1964 Olympics, Japanese athletes won gold medals in gymnastics, including in the men’s team competition. The exhibited pommel horse is believed to have been used for Olympic events.
Senoh, established in 1908, provides sports equipment for many world sporting events.
In the exhibition, the company’s current pommel horse model is displayed next to the 1964 Olympics version so that visitors can compare them and see how pommel horses have evolved after half a century.
The museum has held special exhibitions introducing companies related to the prefecture that have provided sports equipment and tools to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exhibition this time spotlights gymnastics apparatuses.