Organizers reveal emblem for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 27, 2015 04:52 PM
In this July 24, 2015 file photo, visitors wave flags in front of the official emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games at Tokyo Metropolitan Plaza in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
via Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese organizers revealed the emblem of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, five years to the day before the opening ceremony.
The emblem is based on "T," standing for Tokyo, tomorrow, and team.
It was designed by Japanese artist Kenjiro Sato.
The ceremony at Tokyo City Hall and was attended by Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe and IOC vice president John Coates.
"(The) emblem reflects the vibrant nature of the city and the welcoming spirit of its citizens," Coates said.
Tokyo's preparations have been bogged down lately by the controversy over a new National Stadium. After initially selecting a design by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Japanese government scrapped those plans because costs pushed the price of the stadium to $2 billion.
Construction of the stadium was supposed to begin in October and be completed in May 2019 in time for that year's Rugby World Cup.
The government will now have to choose a new design through an international competition, meaning the new National Stadium won't be finished until the spring of 2020.