New Delhi: Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games on Friday unveiled the official emblems of the quadrennial sporting events, five years to the day before the opening ceremony.
The emblem, based on the English letter "T", was designed by celebrated Japanese artist Kenjiro Sato. The unveiling function was attended by thousands of Japanese supporters and hosts of International Olympics Committee officials, including its vice-president John Coates.
According to an official press release from the organising committee, the Tokyo 2020 emblem were created to symbolise the power of this unity, with the letter "T" collectively standing for Tokyo, Tomorrow and Team.
While the inspiration for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic emblem came from "=" the universal sign of equality.
But the colour black - the combination of all colours - has been used as the predominant hue in the central column of the "T" and on the "=", thus symbolising the diversity. Further, there is a prominent red dot in both the emblems, with the circle of the dot representing an inclusive world and the red of the circle representing the power of every beating heart of the world.
The release quoted Coates hailing the emblems, "The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem is a powerful symbol of Tokyo’s Games vision. By embracing the concept of unity in diversity, it shows the unique ability of the Olympic Games to bring together people from all over the world in peace and harmony. Its inclusiveness and its representation of the power of the human heart is testament to the spirit in which the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are being prepared."
International Paralympic Committee vice-president Andrew Parsons, who was also one of the dignitaries in the function said, “I would like to thank and congratulate the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for developing this wonderful emblem."
"The Tokyo 2020 Games emblems are a wonderful work of art that represent the aspirations and the ultimate goal that athletes around the world aim to achieve – taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games," Tokyo 2020 President Mori remarked.