POSTED: April 9th 2016

Four shortlisted emblem designs unveiled for Tokyo 2020

Four shortlisted emblems © Tokyo 2020
Four shortlisted emblems © Tokyo 2020

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) During a ceremony in Tokyo, the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee unveiled the shortlisted designs. The four selected emblems were whittled down from the original 14,599 entries.

The Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee stated, "Since the deadline for applications last December, we have implemented a series of format and design checks on all entries, and have received the cooperation of design experts during the design checks. We have also undertaken both domestic and international trademark verification procedures. Throughout this process, the members of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee have conducted a series of intensive discussions and careful selections, and we have finally whittled down the original 14,599 entries to a final shortlist of four outstanding designs."

All applicants were directed to take inspiration from the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision and seven key concepts, which included Reconstruction and the Power to Rise Up, Personal Best and Utmost Efforts, Innovation and Future-Oriented, Japanese-ness and Tokyo-ness, Sense of Unity and Inclusion, the Power of Sport, and World Peace.

The general public is encouraged to share their opinions of the selected emblems and which one they feel conveys one of more of the key concepts. They can either submit their views by postcard or online until April 17.

Once the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee makes a decision on the winning design, they will submit their choice to the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board for final approval. The official emblem will be announced and unveiled on April 25. An official invitation to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games' opening ceremonies will be given to the winning entry.

** 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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