- Title: Design competition for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot begins
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) PRESIDENT OF TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING: "Just like the emblem (design competition), we're opening this to the public. Japan is a country proud of its many characters and mascots. I believe the mascot that will symbolize Tokyo 2020 will garner global attention." PHOTOJOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) CHAIRPERSON OF THE TOKYO 2020 MASCOT SELECTION PANEL, RYOHEI MIYATA, SAYING: "We are praying for the birth of a mascot that will be loved and praised by the world, so it's important that the press shows the world the brilliant mascot when Japan makes its choice." VARIOUS OF PAST OLYMPIC MASCOTS TOKYO 2020 MASCOT SELECTION PANEL HOLDING A MEETING (LEFT TO RIGHT) MIYATA AND CEO OF TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, TOSHIRO MUTO, SEATED DURING MEETING SELECTION PANEL IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 10:45
- Keywords: Design Competition Mascot Japan Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Olympics,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HX6FCV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Elementary school children will be the final arbiters in the design competition for the official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot, launched on Monday (May 22), officials said.
Applications can be submitted to the Tokyo 2020 official website, from August 1st, by any Japanese citizen over the age of 18.
Before the elementary children cast their votes, the artwork will be reviewed by a selection panellist including Ryohei Miyata, the Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and Yoshiko Ikoma, a fashion journalist and an art producer.
The winner will be awarded with Olympic game tickets, and 1,000,000 yen ($9,000 dollars)
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