Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Mascots Unveiled

Ryo Taniguchi poses with his creation that will serve as mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games on 28 February

"(When designing) these characters, I referred to the flag handover performance at the closing ceremony of the recently held summer Olympic Games in Rio", Taniguchi told a jam-packed news conference following the announcement. The description for the mascot says that it has a kind heart that loves nature and dignified inner strength.

Earlier, 2042 individuals had submitted their designs and the experts shortlisted three of those for public voting.

Sadly he will not receive any royalties as all intellectual rights will go to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees.

A total of 6.5 million Japanese children - from schools in the country and overseas - cast their vote between December 11 and February 22 and then the unveiling happened.

Students from more than 200,000 classes at around 16,000 Japanese elementary schools took part in the selection process, with each class casting a single vote.

Twelve-year-old Miyu Kawa from the school where the victor was unveiled on Wednesday pronounced the mascots "unique" and "very cool". Tokyo on February 28 unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and "special powers" that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.

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The win, ahead of compatriot Shoma Uno, who took silver, made the 23-year-old Hanyu the first man in 66 years to defend an Olympic title.

"I'd like to support the athletes (during the Tokyo 2020 Games) as a volunteer", she added.

The mascots' names will be chosen based on feedback from creative professionals and will be announced in the summer.

More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organizers said.

The mascots will be featured at various events and on products related to the games.

The Paralympic mascot is similar to the Olympics mascot but has a white and pink design.

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