Tokyo 2020 committee officially launches Olympic mascots

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee on July 22, 2018, officially launched its Olympic mascots Miraitowa and Someity at a ceremony attended by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and Committee’s President Yoshiro Mori.

Key Highlights:-

1. The three final designs were chosen from among 2,042 entries submitted from all over Japan.
2. The mascots were designed by Japanese illustrator Ryo Taniguchi, who designs characters for language teaching books and companies
3. The winning mascots beat the other two competing pairs by a huge margin, getting 53 percent of the votes.
4. Almost 17000 primary schools in Japan, around 70 percent of all such schools in the country, took part in the voting, along with some Japanese schools abroad.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, is a major international multi-sport event. Tokyo was announced as the host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013. Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, and in 2020 will become the fifth city to host the Summer Olympic Games more than once. The games are planned to be held from 24 July 2020 to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. The city will also be hosting the 2020 Summer Paralympics.

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