Tokyo 2020 Olympics has unveiled a shortlist of four new logo designs, after the original logo by Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano was abandoned following accusations of plagiarism from the Belgian designer Olivier Debie.
“We have implemented a series of format and design checks on all entries, and have received the cooperation of design experts during the design checks,” said a statement from the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee. “We have received written pledges from each of the designers of the shortlisted designs specifying that they are the original creators,” it continued. “They have also submitted documents demonstrating the design production process used for their creations.”
The selection committee is seeking public feedback on the logos through the Tokyo 2020 website, where further details of the design are available.
“The creators of each of the shortlisted designs have poured their hearts and souls into their designs, and we would like to ask you to provide us with your positive views on the designs, and particularly those design aspects that you feel are truly outstanding,” said committee members.
This is the second rerun of a design competition for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In summer 2015 the late Zaha Hadid’s plans for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium were ditched by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and later replaced with a Kengo Kuma design. Hadid accused Japanese authorities and architects of colluding over the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium project, claiming that the replacement design shares “remarkable similarities” to her own – an accusation Kuma refuted.