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Tokyo 2020 unveils new Olympics logo after plagiarism claim

Previous choice was scrapped in embarrassing scandal

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 April, 2016, 3:20pm
UPDATED : Monday, 25 April, 2016, 3:20pm

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers on Monday announced a new logo nearly eight months after the original choice was scrapped over an embarrassing plagiarism scandal.

The new design, chosen from a short list of four finalists unveiled earlier this month, features a circular indigo-coloured Japanese traditional checkered pattern.

Below the design are the words “Tokyo 2020” and under them the five interlocking Olympic rings.

Ryohei Miyata, head of the Tokyo 2020 emblem committee, and retired Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh unveiled the winner at a Tokyo news conference.

Tokyo Olympics organisers scrap 'plagiarised' 2020 Games logo amid criticism

The design for the Paralympic Games was also revealed and represents a slight variation of that for the Olympics and was created by the same person.

Below the design are the words “Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games” with the Olympic rings at the bottom.

In September 2015, Tokyo organisers were forced to ditch a logo by Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano following allegations it too closely resembled that of a theatre in the Belgian city of Liege created by designer Olivier Debie.

Officials insisted their decision had not been in response to a lawsuit filed by Debie but slumping public confidence as Tokyo organisers lurched from one crisis to another. Sano has denied any plagiarism.