Elementary school children across Japan will decide mascot for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday unveiled three final candidates for the games' official mascot, passing the baton to the nation's elementary school students - who will pick the victor in a vote starting Monday.

Get to know the personalities and powers of each pair of potential mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games via the video below, provided by Tokyo 2020.

The three final designs have been chosen from among 2,042 entries submitted from all over Japan.

The shortlisted designs were unveiled by schoolchildren at a special ceremony at a primary school in the Japanese capital.

Voting by elementary schoolchildren throughout the country will held from December 11 through February 22, according to the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Students from Japanese schools outside Japan and from Japan's global schools are also eligible to vote.

The mascot design set that receives the highest number of votes will be announced as the victor on 28 February, shortly after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

"I am really excited that we are getting closer to unveiling our official mascots", said Ryohei Miyata, the Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Mascot Selection Panel. The children will participate only by classes as a unit, not as individuals.

Doi, who takes lessons at a swimming school and wants to become an athlete, added that he was looking forward to watching Olympic competitors - especially those representing his favorite sport - compete in his hometown.

Mascots are a popular element of modern Japanese culture.

The first pair of mascots comes in the futuristic blue and pink representing the "tradition and innovation in Japan", according to members of the panel.

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