• Kyodo


Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said they received 14,599 proposals for the new logo before the noon Monday deadline.

The emblem selection committee had hoped for at least 10,000 submissions after only 104 were provided for the ill-fated previous competition, which was restricted to designers who had won major awards.

The emblem selected in July and designed by Kenjiro Sano was scrapped in September amid accusations of plagiarism.

“We are thrilled to see so many people take part,” said Ryohei Miyata, chairman of the selection committee.

“It will be a real challenge to select only one from all these designs, but we will make sure to go through a thorough screening process that will leave nobody questioning.”

The committee hopes to pare the list to between 100 and 200 by the end of December and will further narrow the candidates by Jan. 7 to 9, when trademark rights will be checked and registered.

The new logo will be unveiled next spring, with the winner receiving a ¥1 million prize and an invitation to the Olympics’ opening ceremony.

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