Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots unveiled

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Image: @Tokyo2020 Twitter

Get to know the personalities and powers of each pair of potential mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games via the video below, provided by Tokyo 2020.

Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday unveiled three final candidates for the games' official mascot, passing the baton to the nation's elementary school students - who will pick the victor in a vote starting Monday. There are about 20,000 elementary schools with about 280,000 classrooms nationwide.

Each of the three finalist proposals is a pair of mascots, one each for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"I am really excited that we are getting closer to unveiling our official mascots", said Ryohei Miyata, the Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Mascot Selection Panel.

The first final candidate set has an Olympic character based on a futuristic vision of the world, and decorated with a traditional checkered pattern to embody Japan's tradition and innovation. "Japan is also a mascot giant and the world's leader in creative fields ... and these designs showcase such mastery".

The Olympic mascot features navy, while the Paralympic mascot has pink. The second set features a lucky cat and fox hybrid, said to be good luck, and a guardian dog that is a popular fixture at Japanese shrines.

"We hope that many schools and classes will take this opportunity to help shape the Games", he added.

Elementary school students will begin voting for their favourite mascot pairing from 11 December, with the results revealed on 28 February next year. Then the victor will be announced on February 28, 2018.

The committee is still now accepting participating schools.

The Mascot Selection Panel will then decide on names for the winning mascots, which will be officially unveiled in July or August 2018.

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