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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Mascots Unveiled

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Mascots Unveiled

It has a strong sense of justice, perhaps indicated by the police-like appearance of its clothing or skin, and is very athletic.

Japan has life-size characters, Yuru-kyara, representing nearly everything.

"These two are very different in design but I think they have quite a unity between them", she said, evoking a theme that resonates well with the Olympic movement.

The still-to-be-named mascots enjoyed support of 109,401 kids, besting rivals with 61,423 votes and 35,291 votes, respectively.

The winning pair have not been named yet but the organisers said they "respect each other" and are "very good friends". "It can also move things by just looking at them".

The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon - created in 2010 to promote Japan's southern Kumamoto region - raked in $8.8 million previous year for local businesses selling branded products.

Miyu Kawa, 12, another Hoyonomori Elementary school student, said her class voted for the winning design in the belief that the cherry blossom motif and the Olympic character's traditional checkered pattern best represented Japan and were the most appealing.

Hybrid designs, Vinicius was a mix of various Brazilian animals to represent the country's wildlife during the Summer Olympics.

PyeongChang 2018 mascots dance during the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The one-eyed characters were dubbed "bizarre" and "creepy" by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.

The organising committee unveiled the official emblems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in April 2016, after scrapping the initially selected logos over allegations of plagiarism.

The 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic games are set to be held in Tokyo- the second time the city would be hosting the Olympics- and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, will be held between 24 July to 9 August, and 25 August to 6 September 2020 respectively in the New National Stadium under construction.

The winning designer, Ryo Taniguchi, is an illustrator from Fukuoka in southern Japan. I don't know what to say, " he said when the decision was announced at the ceremony.

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