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POSTED | 11:39 AM | 24-11-2014

Rio 2016 mascots revealed

The 2016 Rio Organizing Committee on Sunday (23 Nov 2014) revealed the official mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic games. The two mascots --a yellow creature chosen for the Olympic Games and a green and blue for the Paralympic Games -- stand for Brazil’s wide variety of animals and plants, said The Rio Times.

“The Rio 2016 mascots represent the diversity of our culture, of our people,” Rio 2016 brand director Beth Lula said in a prepared statement. “They represent our joy, our way of being. Both of them are magical creatures with super powers and relate naturally with the young audience, who we want to engage with our event so much.”

The Rio 2016 website now features interactive pages targeting younger audience with each mascot explaining their origin stories, their “special powers,” their hobbies, their habitats and their goals.

The two mascots were created by Birdo Procucoes, a Sao Paulo-based design and animation company. The public is asked to help name them by voting for one of three sets of names. The choices are Oba and Eba, Tiba Tuque and Esquindim, and Vinicius and Tom. Voting will remain open until December 14th.

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