Mascots chosen by children for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Paralympics unveiled

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The Olympic mascot bears an indigo blue checkered pattern similar to the kumi ichimatsumon patterns of the emblems for the 2020 Tokyo Games, while a pink checkered pattern is used for the Paralympic mascot. Its superpower is moving things by simply looking at them.

It was the first time in the Olympic and Paralympic history that event mascots have been picked by votes from elementary school children.

The as-yet unnamed mascots won a vote among schoolchildren, beating four other equally surreal contenders. He said that he was just so spaced out when the winning mascots were unveiled.

Welcoming the "adorable" characters to the Tokyo 2020 team, the city's governor Yuriko Koike said she hoped the selection would continue to build "momentum" and "excitement" with less than 900 days to go until the opening ceremony.

But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.

2016 Rio Olympics mascot "Vinicius", named after music great Vinicius de Moraes, was a yellow feline animal representing Brazil's fauna and wildlife.

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PyeongChang 2018 mascots dance during the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The one-eyed characters were dubbed "bizarre" and "creepy" by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.

The original official logo was hit with plagiarism allegations and scrapped.

Mascot-loving Japan has two new characters to get excited about after two futuristic designs with pointy ears and chequered patterns were unveiled on Wednesday to promote the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Although the official Mascot Selection Panel performed the initial processes to short-list the remaining designs, the students had the ultimate say in the winning mascot pairing through voting that took place from December to February 22nd, with no votes being accepted from the general public.

"I want to tell this to my beloved wife".

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