First Meeting of the Tokyo 2020 Mascot Selection Process Panel

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games held the first meeting of its Mascot Selection Process Panel today, a group that has been set up to agree processes for the submission, judging and selection of mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

At this initial meeting, the members of the Panel exchanged views on rules governing the development of mascots. They then reviewed examples from previous Games, discussed basic issues regarding mascot development for the Tokyo 2020 Games and drew up an agenda of issues that will need to be decided at future meetings.

At the second meeting of the Panel, scheduled for Friday 27 January, the members will summarise their discussions and work through the agreed agenda of issues in greater depth. The Panel plans to submit its proposed mascot selection process to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) during March.

Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots

Mascot Selection Panel Chairperson Miyata Mascot Selection Panel Members Takeshi Natsuno, Shoko Nakagawa and Aki Taguchi The Mascot Selection Panel at work