Tokyo 2020: The race to choose a mascot

Tokyo 2020: The race to choose a mascot”

The Japanese Olympic Committee unveiled the three finalists for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mascot designs, while elementary school children across Japan will be the decision makers.

There are three pairs for the children to vote on, but only one pair will win!

They have also announced that elementary school students will be the ones to vote for the winning pair.

The Olympic and Paralympic designs, which celebrate the themes of harmony, diversity and resilience, were unveiled by pupils at a Tokyo elementary school.

Tokyo 2020: The race to choose a mascot

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ryohei Miyata, who chairs the organizing committee's mascot-screening panel, said he was hoping many schools would take the chance to shape the games and Japan's future through their votes because children "represent the future". The total of six final mascots, candidate pairs A, B and C, were announced to wild cheers.

The 15-member selection panel shortlisted the three designs from 2,042 candidates received from both professionals and amateurs across Japan. 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.

According to the organizing committee, as of December 6, a total of 3,655 elementary schools have registered ahead of time wishing to participate in the mascot election, covering schools all over Japan and even Japanese schools overseas.

To read the profiles of the mascot candidates, visit and click on each pair.

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