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Date: 3/12/2019

As revealed last week, today (Tuesday 12 March 2019) marks the milestone of 500 days to go until the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


And to mark the special day, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG) has revealed the official sport pictograms which will “subtly communicate the characteristics and athleticism of each sport, as well as artistically highlighting the dynamism of athletes”.


Pictograms were first introduced in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and they play a key role in enhancing the experience of athletes and spectators during the competitions.


Handball is represented by a player rising off of the court in motion, ready to shoot, and is one of the 33 sports which will feature in the Olympic Games programme. However, with some sports using more than one pictogram, it means that the full set of Tokyo 2020 consists of 50 designs.


“It is a real honour to have participated in the design,” said Japanese designer Masaaki Hiromura. “I tried to express the dynamic beauty of the athletes, while respecting the legacy by the pioneers of the Japanese design industry in their designs for the Tokyo 1964 Games.”


Fans can watch a new film which has a look at the pictograms as well as the use of significant numbers related to past Olympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 mascot Miraitowa and competition venues HERE.


For more information about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, visit www.tokyo2020.org.