More than 2,000 mascot designs bid for Tokyo

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TOKYO (Reuters) – A total of 2,042 mascot designs have been received for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a competition launched earlier this month invited Japanese residents to submit their proposals, Games organisers said yesterday.

According to the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, a quarter of the total applicants were in their teens or 20s, while almost half of the submissions were received from people aged 30 to 49.

There were 1,774 individual submissions and 268 group submissions, while several entries were created as a part of elementary school club projects.

“Given the difficult conditions attached to the submissions, the number received was a satisfactory figure,” the organisers said in a statement.

“The judging process will begin on August 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 December 11 to January 19, with the final mascot selection expected to be announced at the beginning of February.”

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