Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more