Tokyo, August 1: Like FIFA World Cup theme songs, Olympic mascots acquire a great place in audience mind. Each Olympic comes up with different mascots. Since Japan is the host nation of 2020 Olympic, it has launched a competition inviting members of the public in Japan to submit design proposals for the mascots. Through the website, Japanese local and foreign residents can submit their idea until 14th August.
The mascots not only entertain us but also cheers up the participants also. Three-time Paralympian Taguchi said, "I have memories of all of the mascots of the games that I took part in. The mascots cheered me up during the competition and they also boosted the excitement of the crowd."
To engage the young generation in the organization, the organizers have announced an innovative method of selection. Schoolchildren across the country can cast their vote in favor of favorite mascot. The design which will attract the children most will be chosen for final games.
Ryohei Miyata, the panel's head emphasized the role of children in the process. According to him, rather than adults children have a better critical eye to select mascots. The students want a different but likable mascot.
"Japanese mascots are loved by many people around the world. You and your classmates will select the best mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are going to ask all elementary school children in Japan to play this important role. We hope many people will enter this competition starting today," Miyata said while he was encouraging the children.