Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo unveiled following plagiarism row

Emblem was selected from 14,000 candidates 

Simon Rice
Monday 25 April 2016 12:53
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Tokyo-based designer Asao Tokolo speaks during a press conference at the Tokyo 2020 emblem unveiling
Tokyo-based designer Asao Tokolo speaks during a press conference at the Tokyo 2020 emblem unveiling

A new logo for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo has been unveiled, seven months after the original was scrapped over accusations of plagiarism.

The fresh emblem was chosen from 14,000 candidates and adopts a traditional indigo-blue chequered pattern called "ichimatsu moyo" that dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868).

"It took me a long time to create this logo - it's like my own child," Tokyo-based artist Asao Tokoro, who designed the winning emblem, told a packed news conference after his design was picked from the the first open competition in the history of the Games.

"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," he added.

A dispute over the original logo erupted soon after it was unveiled last July, when a Belgian-based designer said it was too similar to his emblem for a theatre, demanding its use be halted and filing a lawsuit in local court.

The launch of the now scrapped logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The logo's designer Kenjiro Sano and Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers denied the pattern had been copied but eventually scrapped it, saying its reputation was too damaged to be used.

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