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The people of Japan selects the mascot of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Tokyo!

Tokyo 2020 has launched a competition to give the Japanese public the chance to design the mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To mark the inauguration of the competition, Tokyo 2020 held a ceremony at Kuramae Elementary School on 1 August in Asakusabashi in Tokyo, attended by over 200 schoolchildren. At the event, four-time Olympian Ai Sugiyama and three-time Paralympian Aki Taguchi mingled with schoolchildren and shared their stories and experienced of being athletes and competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In May, Tokyo 2020 announced an innovative method of selecting the winner of the design competition that aims to engage younger generations and give them an important role to play in the preparations for the Games.

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