The official mascot election for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was closed thanks to the votes of elementary school students.
The Organizing Committee for the Summer Olympics (Olympic) and the Tokyo Paralympic Games have officially launched the 2020 mascot pair. This is the symbolic beginning of an Olympic and Paralympic Games of a host country.
According to FOX Sports, Olympic mascot is named “Miraitowa”. Miraitowa is made up of two words in Japanese: “mirai” (meaning future) and “towa” (meaning eternal). The name was given by the host country with the purpose of promoting a future of eternal hope in the heart of humanity.
The Paralympic mascot is called “Someity”, the name of a famous Japanese cherry blossom. Besides, this name also comes from the phrase “so mighty” in English (meaning very strong). Somaity symbolizes the courage of disabled athletes to rise up in all adversities.
To select this mascot duo, the Olympic Organizing Committee of Japan opened a design competition from December 2017 to February 2018 at most elementary schools in Japan and Japanese language classes in the world.
Out of 2,042 designs, there are 1,774 individual designs and 268 copies of the collective. The pair of mascots mentioned above were chosen because they gathered the most unique elements of Japan and were the most similar to humans. The creation of the 2 mascots is inspired by a mix of the present and the future.
Earlier, on February 28, the mascots Miraitowa and Someity were chosen as the official mascot sets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
As ambassadors for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the duo will have a tight schedule of activities in the host country’s promotional campaign in the near future.
As expected, the Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from 24/7 to 9/8/2020 with 207 countries participating; compete for 33 different sports with 339 events. The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games runs from August 25 to September 6, 2020.
This is the 4th Summer Olympics to be held in Asia after Tokyo 1964, Seoul 1988, Beijing 2008. Tokyo, Japan, became the first city in Asia to host the Olympics twice.
Immediately after the mascot premiere, the first store selling products for the Olympic and Paralympic Tokyo 2020 was opened in Tokyo on July 23.
The store sells about 700 items and opens until September 2020 when the Paralympic is over.