School kids pick futuristic mascots for 2020 summer Olympics

School kids pick futuristic mascots for 2020 summer Olympics

School kids pick futuristic mascots for 2020 summer Olympics

However, they respect each other and they are very good friends.

The Olympic mascot is blue and white while the Paralympics mascot is pink and white.

The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as "made in Japan".

Organisers previous year received more than 2,000 entries from the general public in a nationwide competition, from which they short-listed three pairs of designs in December. "It has a dignified inner strength and a kind heart that loves nature", according to the description. Although the official Mascot Selection Panel performed the initial processes to short-list the remaining designs, the students had the ultimate say in the winning mascot pairing through voting that took place from December to February 22nd, with no votes being accepted from the general public.

Mascots, locally known as "yuru-kyara" rake in a lot of moolah. Its superpower is moving things by simply looking at them.

The win, ahead of compatriot Shoma Uno, who took silver, made the 23-year-old Hanyu the first man in 66 years to defend an Olympic title. Every prefecture in Japan actually has a mascot, which are usually created to promote a business, region, organization or sporting event such as the Olympics.

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The winning designs were submitted by Ryo Taniguchi, who was shocked about the win.

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Taniguchi's design received 109,041 votes, while the two other finalists secured 61,423 and 35,291 votes, respectively.

The mascots' names will be chosen based on feedback from creative professionals and will be announced in the summer.

Sadly he will not receive any royalties as all intellectual rights will go to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees.

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