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Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted


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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese schoolchildren will assist decide the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of types for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will critique the shortlisted types with their courses casting a solitary vote in favor of a person of the three sets.

The three finalists were picked from among the 2,042 entries submitted by the community, with the winner to be announced on Feb. 28.

The initial set is a pair of humanoid figures clad in the ‘ichimatsu” checkered sample of the Games’ formal logo.

The next set attributes a “maneki neko” (superior-luck cat) and a fox usually viewed at Shinto shrines. The 3rd set attributes a fox and a pet dog with gold ribbons on their backs.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.

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