Tokyo now accepting designs for 2020 Games mascots

Tokyo now accepting designs for 2020 Games mascots

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have begun accepting design entries for the Games' mascots.

Acceptance of the Internet-only applications began at noon on Tuesday. About 200 people, most of them children, gathered at an elementary school in Tokyo for a commemorative event.

They were joined by former pro tennis player Ai Sugiyama and Paralympic shooter Aki Taguchi. The athletes spoke of how mascots are important to the Games.

The children said they want something unique because the Games are held only once every 4 years. They also said they want mascots with cute smiles that everyone in the world will love.

Entries will be accepted through noon on August 14th.

The winning designs will be selected in a vote by elementary school classes across Japan, and announced around March next year.