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Tokyo 2020 Organizers Reveal Mascot Ballot For Schoolchildren's Vote

Tokyo 2020 Organizers Reveal Mascot Ballot For Schoolchildren's Vote

The three final designs have been chosen from among 2,042 entries submitted from all over Japan. The second set features a "maneki neko" (lucky charm figurine cat) and a fox commonly seen at Shinto shrines.

As for Candidate C, the Olympic mascot features a fox, while the Paralympic mascot is inspired by a raccoon dog. Although the official Mascot Selection Panel has performed the initial processes to short-list the remaining designs, elementary school children across Japan will have the ultimate say in the winning mascot via open voting beginning on December 11th.

Each design set contains one mascot for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games.

The winning mascot designs are expected to be decided on February 28. "I'd like to choose mascots that will be cute, powerful and that will give vigor (to participants and spectators)".

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"We hope that many schools and classes will take this opportunity to help shape the Games", he added. He said he felt responsible for choosing a victor that will become part of Japan's legacy - as the mascots will be featured in various events and on licensed products related to the games. The members include TV personality Shoko Nakagawa.

The mascots will be selected by school children for the first time in the games' history.

Schools must register to participate, and the organizers said that 4,150 schools were registered as of Thursday at noon. Global schools in Japan, as well as Japanese schools overseas, will be included in the voting process. They were being narrowed down to three designs after being reviewed by a panel of experts and the final victor will be announced on February 28 next year.

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


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