Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

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Schoolchildren pose with a shortlist of three pairs of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots during a photo session at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Schoolchildren pose beside a pair of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots, one of three shortlisted pairs to be unveiled, at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo on December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Schoolchildren pose beside a pair of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots, one of three shortlisted pairs to be unveiled, at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo on December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Schoolchildren pose beside a pair of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots, one of three shortlisted pairs to be unveiled, at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo on December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
Updated 07 December 2017
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Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

TOKYO: Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of designs for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in favor of one of the three sets.
The three finalists were selected from among 2,042 entries submitted by the public, with the winner to be announced on Feb. 28.
The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the ‘ichimatsu” checkered pattern of the Games’ official logo.
The second set features a “maneki neko” (good-luck cat) and a fox commonly seen at Shinto shrines. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their backs.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.


Maurizio Sarri wants to meet Eden Hazard to discuss Chelsea future

Updated 18 July 2018
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Maurizio Sarri wants to meet Eden Hazard to discuss Chelsea future

  • Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is one of the top two or three players in Europe and he wants to meet the Belgium forward
  • Hazard is taking time off after the World Cup along with Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois

LONDON: Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is one of the top two or three players in Europe and he wants to meet the Belgium forward face-to-face to discuss his future.
Hazard said at the World Cup in Russia that “it might be time to discover something different“ after spending the last six years with Chelsea. He has been linked with a move to European champion Real Madrid, which recently sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
Hazard is taking time off after the World Cup along with Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois, whose future is also the matter of some debate.
Sarri says he doesn’t just want to phone the players who have yet to return to preseason training because a “telephone call without looking in their eyes will not give any certainty. I want to meet them face-to-face and understand what’s the best thing to do for everyone.”
Sarri says Hazard is “one of the top two or three European players,” adding that he hopes “to improve Hazard but that will be difficult.”
In his first news conference as Chelsea coach since joining from Napoli, Sarri said he will play in a “slightly different way” to predecessor Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League in his first season and FA Cup in his second after changing to a three-man defense.
Chelsea has already signed holding midfielder Jorginho from Napoli this offseason. Sarri says he would like more quality in the midfield area to fit his preferred approach, while adding that he could also adapt to the players he currently has in the squad.
Chelsea didn’t qualify for this season’s Champions League.