Japanese schoolchildren choose mascots for the 2020 Olympics

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TOKYO – School kids had their say: A pair of futuristic digital figures will be mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Organizers unveiled the winning designs at a school in Tokyo on Wednesday.

A total of 205,755 classes from 16,769 elementary schools participated in the selection of three shortlisted models, with their classes voting only one.

The winning pair, wearing the “ichimatsu” check pattern of the official Games logo, received 109,041 votes.

“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games finally have their mascots,” said Ryohei Miyata, head of the mascot selection panel. It means a lot, especially in Japan. I can’t wait to see these two characters come to life in the stadiums, on the streets and on TV. ”

The organizers say the mascots combine tradition and innovation.

Their names will be decided by editors and other professionals and announced in July or August.

The selection process involving schoolchildren was put in place to generate enthusiasm among students for the games while ensuring transparency.

The original official logo has been plagiarized and removed.

The winning mascot designer is Ryo Taniguchi, an art graduate from Cabrillo College in California, and currently active as a character designer / illustrator. His work has been presented by companies and at exhibitions in Japan.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled from July 24 to August 9, 2020.

PyeongChang 2018 mascots dance during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.David Ramos / Getty Images
The Olympic mascots the hare, polar bear and leopard perform at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The Olympic mascots the hare, polar bear and leopard perform at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.Quinn Rooney / Getty Images


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