POSTED: July 24th 2015

Unveiling of Emblems for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games marks five years out

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems © Tokyo 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems © Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Emblems Unveiling Ceremony © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi
Tokyo 2020 Emblems Unveiling Ceremony © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

Tokyo 2020 Emblem Designer, Kenjiro Sano © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi
Tokyo 2020 Emblem Designer, Kenjiro Sano © Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Today marked another significant milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games as the official Games' emblems have been unveiled by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. On the day five years from now that the Olympics will open, the newly revealed images capture the core essence of Tokyo 2020's Games Vision.

Around 5,000 spectators gathered at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Plaza for the unveiling ceremony. Attendees included Governor of Tokyo, Yoichi Masuzoe; International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President and Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, John Coates; Tokyo 2020 President, Yoshiro Mori; Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, Koji Murofushi; IOC Member and Vice-Chair of IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, Alex Gilady; IOC Member and Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President, Tsunekazu Takeda; International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Vice President and member of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, Andrew Parsons; and IPC Governing Board Member and Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) President, Yasushi Yamawaki.

"The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. The Tokyo 2020 Games emblems are a wonderful work of art that represent the aspirations and the ultimate goal that athletes around the world aim to achieve - taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The emblems are also symbols behind which the whole of Japan can unite as a single integrated body and join the collective endeavors of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, the Japanese business community, as well as the Games volunteers and everyone who is assisting with the preparations for the 2020 Games. Let us all unite our efforts under the new Games emblems and work together as one to ensure the realization of a truly inspirational Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020," expressed Tokyo 2020, President Mori.

The designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Emblems was Kenjiro Sano. Sano was born in Tokyo in 1972 and graduated from Tama Art University's Department of Graphic Design. He is also the founder of MR_DESIGN Inc. and has won many awards for his works. His work has also been featured in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris as a permanent collection.

As the world unites for Tokyo 2020, everyone will experience the joy of coming together as one team. By accepting everyone as equals, we will be able to learn the real meaning of uniting as one.

Wanting to symbolize the power of this unity, the Tokyo 2020 emblem took shape. The black colored central column represents diversity as the combination of all colors. An inclusive world where everyone accepts one another is represented by the form of the circle while the red color of the circle symbolizes the power of everyone's beating heart. These elements have been combined to create the Olympic and Paralympic Games' emblems for Tokyo 2020.

The Olympic emblem has been inspired by the letter "T" that is in:

Tokyo, Tomorrow, and Team.

While the Paralympic emblem has been inspired by an equal sign (=), which is seen as the universal sign of equality.

IOC Coordination Commission Chair, John Coates stated, "The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem is a powerful symbol of Tokyo's Games vision. By embracing the concept of unity in diversity, it shows the unique ability of the Olympic Games to bring together people from all over the world in peace and harmony. Its inclusiveness and its representation of the power of the human heart is a testament to the spirit in which the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are being prepared. They will be a global celebration that we can all be a part of and enjoy."

He continued saying, "Most importantly, this emblem represents Tokyo and its people. It reflects the vibrant nature of the city and the welcoming spirit of its citizens - two elements that the Olympic athletes in 2020 will fully appreciate. I congratulate the Tokyo 2020 team on their work and believe that this emblem will have an important influence on the future of Olympic design."

As the 2020 Games draw near, the spirit of these emblems will unite everyone to stage an Olympic and Paralympic Games that will provide a brighter future and a better world.

Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee, Andrew Parsons, commented, "I would like to thank and congratulate the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for developing this wonderful emblem. When the Paralympic Games return here for the second time, they will do so with a growing reputation for being the world's number one sporting spectacle for driving societal change. The performances of the para-athletes will not just inspire and excite the world, but act as a catalyst for a more inclusive society, here in Japan, across Asia and the whole world. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will create a brighter tomorrow for millions of people around the world. This emblem, whilst paying testament to Japan's rich heritage, will represent that brighter future and will become globally synonymous with sporting excellence and the incredible achievements of Paralympians."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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