Members of the Tokyo Olympics Emblems Selection Committee, left to right, lawyer Izumi Hayashi, Keio University professor Takeshi Natsuno, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan Toshiro Muto, Tokyo University of the Arts President Ryohei Miyata, former tennis player Ai Sugiyama and Paralympic shooter Aki Taguchi, attend a press conference Friday in Tokyo, during which they revealed the four shortlisted emblem designs to become the official logo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The four designs were selected from 14,599 entries in a contest open to the public from Nov 24 to Dec 7 last year, after the initial emblem, designed by Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano, was scrapped over allegations of plagiarism due to its similarity to the logo of Theatre de Liege in Belgium.
The four finalist designs represent an indigo-colored Japanese traditional checkered pattern, a ring symbolising harmony, an image of an athlete reaching the finish line, and a morning glory flower, the committee organizers explained. The committee said they have opened the debate on the final selection of the logo to the public, who can send their opinions online or via postcards until April 17. The official logo will be announced on April 25.
During the press conference, Miyata, the chairman of the committee, explained that they have devoted most of the selection process time to ensure that all submitted designs were original and in line with the key concepts of the Tokyo Games. “We’ve learned from the past,” Muto, the committee CEO, said, referring to the Sano scandal, in which the committee was internationally criticized for their inability to detect plagiarism during the selection process.© Japan Today