The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) yesterday unveiled their official Olympic and Paralympic mascots, following an evaluation of three shortlisted design sets by elementary schoolchildren across Japan and at Japanese schools overseas.
205,755 classes at 16,769 schools took part in the election, and the results were announced in front of around 600 children at Hoyonomori Gakuen School in Tokyo. The creator of the winning mascots is Ryo Taniguchi, a character designer/illustrator living in southern Japan who graduated from Cabrillo College in California, USA.
The Mascot Selection Panel will now decide names for the winning mascots, which will make their official debut in July or August 2018. For more information, please visit the complete news on the Tokyo 2020 website.