2/28/2018 11:41:38 AM (GMT+3)

Tokyo 2020 unveils Olympic, Paralympic mascots

Tokyo 2020 unveils Olympic, Paralympic mascots

Tokyo: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled official Olympic and Paralympic mascots, following an evaluation of three shortlisted design sets by elementary schoolchildren across Japan and at Japanese schools overseas.

Design Set A secured the largest number of classroom votes and will accordingly serve as the official mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The students picked option "A", which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organisers, has a "strong sense of justice and is very athletic".

“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games finally have their mascots. This means a lot, especially in Japan. I cannot wait to see these two characters coming to life in the stadiums, on the streets and on TV. The children selected two mascots that embody both ancient tradition and new innovation," said Mascot Selection Panel ChairpersonRyohei Miyata.

The Mascot Selection Panel will now decide names for the winning mascots, which will make their official debut in July or August, 2018.

The designer of the winning mascots is Ryo Taniguchi. Born in 1974, Taniguchi lives in Fukuoka, in southern Japan. He graduated as an art major from Cabrillo College in California, in the United States, and is currently active as a character designer/illustrator. His work has been featured by companies and at exhibitions in Japan.