The Tokyo 2020 Games organisers have received 2,042 entries for the Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot. August 15 was the last date to submit the entries.
A total of 1,774 designs are submitted by individuals. There are 268 group or team entries. One fourth of the total entries are submitted by the teenagers. The entrant had to be at least 18 years of age on April 1, 2017.
“We received a total of 2,042 applications, and I feel the weight of expectation from all those who submitted entries,” said Ryohei Miyata, the Mascot Panel chairperson. “I look forward to the day when we can meet the mascots of the Tokyo 2020 Games, which we believe will help raise everyone’s spirits.
“I will make sure that we judge fairly and reflect the enthusiasm of the entrants,” he added. “The judging process will begin on Aug. 22, with the process going until the field is narrowed down to three or four final candidates. Elementary school classes nationwide will vote on the final candidates from Dec. 11 to Jan. 19, with the final mascot selection expected to be announced at the beginning of February.”
The mascot review panel will shortlist the final entries by December. The mascot will be picked by the elementary schoolchildren from across Japan from the short list.
The students will vote for the shortlisted designs. The winner with the largest number of votes will be announced in February.
No mascot was used in the 1964 summer Olympics in Tokyo. Thus, 2020 will be the first occasion that an Olympic Games mascot will appear in Japan.