Tokyo 2020 committee unveils final 3 candidate mascot pairs for games

New Zealand Olympic gold medal winners Eric Murray Hamish Bond Mahe Drysdale Peter Burling Blair Tuke and Lisa Carrington outside the Athletes village at the 2016 Rio Olympics

New Zealand Olympic gold medal winners Eric Murray Hamish Bond Mahe Drysdale Peter Burling Blair Tuke and Lisa Carrington outside the Athletes village at the 2016 Rio Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Mascot Selection Panel said they reviewed over 2,000 entries from the public, and that they're striving to embody innovation and harmony with this year's selection.

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 final pair in the running to be chosen as the official Games mascots is the "C pairing", with "the fox that jumped out from Japanese fairy tales" and the shape-shifting raccoon that transforms itself using the leaf on its head.

"The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the "ichimatsu" checkered pattern of the Games" official logo. The three pairs will be known as candidates A, B and C until then.

Japan has hosted the Olympic Games a total of three times, but only the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and Paralympics adopted mascots, making this the first time Japan will be choosing Summer Games mascots.


Voting by elementary schoolchildren throughout the country will held from December 11 through February 22, according to the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their backs. The mascot with the most votes will win. The members include TV personality Shoko Nakagawa.

The mascot design set that receives the highest number of votes will be announced as the victor on 28 February, shortly after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Some 110 fourth- and fifth-year students at Kakezuka Elementary School participated in the December 7 event held by the organizing committee.

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

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