Tokyo 2020 mascot designs shortlisted for children's vote

Alfred Osborne
December 7, 2017

Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday unveiled three final candidates for the games' official mascot, passing the baton to the nation's elementary school students - who will pick the victor in a vote starting Monday.

The three final designs have been chosen from among 2,042 entries submitted from all over Japan.

After a bungled rollout of the official Olympic logo that led to it being scrapped following accusations of plagiarism, local organisers have left the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascots in the hands of schoolchildren.

The first final candidate set has an Olympic character based on a futuristic vision of the world, and decorated with a traditional checkered pattern to embody Japan's tradition and innovation.

Design B pairs a cartoon hybrid of a "lucky" cat and a fox draped in a red flame-like cloak with a blue lion-dog of the type seen guarding Japanese shrines - the common thread between them big round eyes resembling disco lights. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their back.

Tokyo 2020 mascot designs shortlisted for children's vote

The organizer's initiative is a bid to raise children's interest in the event. The elementary school classes' decision will be announced on February 28, 2018.

They have also announced that elementary school students will be the ones to vote for the winning pair.

"All of these designs contain deep-rooted cultural and innovative motifs", said Yoshiko Ikoma, deputy head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics mascot selection panel. They were being narrowed down to three designs after being reviewed by a panel of experts and the final victor will be announced on February 28 next year.

After being named by experts, the mascots will be officially announced from July to August.

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