The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have unveiled a new logo on Monday for the quadrennial event and the biggest show on the earth to be held in their city in 2020, seven months after they were forced to scrap the original motif over accusations of plagiarism.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game Emblem Unveiled

The latest logo features the traditional Japanese design and has been chosen by a contest where more than 14,000 candidates took part. The indigo-blue colored chequered logo is termed as the “ichimatsu moyo” and depicts one of the golden periods in the country’s history, the Edo period (1603-1868).

The new emblem comes in an individually-shaped rectangles and according to the selection committee not only represents the main theme of the Olympics; the differences in nationalities and culture but also vividly symbolizes the “unity in diversity” motto of the greatest show of the planet.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games New Emblem Unveiled

The Tokyo-based artist Asao Tokoro, who designed the winning emblem, said in a press conference “It took me a long time to create this logo — it’s like my own child.” Asao further added, “I can’t be an athlete but I have felt a longing towards the Olympics since I was a child, and thought I can be involved through design.”

Ryohei Miyata, the chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee said at the event, “From today, these emblems will serve as the face of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I very much hope that the emblems will prove popular with people everywhere.”

The members of the Emblems Selection Committee have emphasized on the transparency issue of the selection process and said that for the first time in the Olympic history the logo has been selected via an open competition just because to overcome the setbacks caused by the previous mishap.

To help you to recall, soon after the original logo for Tokyo 2020 unveiled last July, a dispute over the emblem erupted when a Belgian-based designer claimed the logo was too similar to his emblem for a theatre and filed a lawsuit in the local court demanding the use of the logo to be halted.

Though the Tokyo 2020 Summer and Para-Olympics organizers as well as the designer of the logo Kenjiro Sano denied the accusation of the pattern being copied but eventually scrapped the logo, saying its reputation was too much hampered and damaged to be used.

Notably this is the second time Japan moreover Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics game. The first time Tokyo hosted the Olympic game back in 1964 and in 2013 the city won the hosting rights of the Olympic Games leaving Madrid and Istanbul behind.

 But since then a series of misfortunate events chased the organizer committee. Apart from the logo dispute, a complete overhaul of the stadium design also grew the public anger over soaring costs. These setbacks certainly have tarnished Japan’s reputation as a shrewd and efficient operator and to organize the Olympic game without any further controversies is the biggest challenge for the tournament organizing committee.

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