2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers begin soliciting mascot ideas
Jiji -- Aug 02
The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games launched a campaign Tuesday to solicit ideas from the public for official mascots for the quadrennial sporting event.

The committee will decide on the winner based on multiple screenings and a vote by elementary school students in Japan. The result will be announced by early February next year. Entries will be accepted through Aug. 14.

The vote by elementary school students will be key to the selection.

"What you pick in the final phase will be the mascots," Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ryohei Miyata, who chairs the committee's mascot screening panel, said at a ceremony held at Kuramae Elementary School in Tokyo's Taito Ward to mark the campaign launch.

News source: Jiji
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