Tokyo Olympic logos unveiled

The logos for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games by Japanese graphic designer Kenjiro Sano have been unveiled.

Sano, founder of Tokyo studio MR_DESIGN, designed both logos to incorporate the red circle, known as the Rising Sun, found in the centre of the Japanese flag.

For Tokyo’s Olympics, the graphic designer used blocks of grey and gold to create the shape of a T, which is used to stand for Tokyo, Tomorrow and Team.

“Tokyo 2020 Games emblems are a wonderful work of art that represent the aspirations and the ultimate goal that athletes around the world aim to achieve – taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic emblem is based on the equals sign, but with two thick lines arranged vertically rather than horizontally.

“This emblem, whilst paying testament to Japan’s rich heritage, will represent that brighter future and will become globally synonymous with sporting excellence and the incredible achievements of Paralympians,” said Andrew Parsons, vice president of the International Paralympic Committee.

“The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem is a powerful symbol of Tokyo’s Games vision,” said International Olympic Committee coordination commission chair John Coates.

“By embracing the concept of unity in diversity, it shows the unique ability of the Olympic Games to bring together people from all over the world in peace and harmony.”

The logos were revealed just days after Zaha Hadid’s stadium design was scrapped by the event organisers.