Vote to name Rio 2016’s funky mascots

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The mascots for the 2016 Rio Olympics have been unveiled along with a bright and snappy video, and the public is being asked to vote to name the pair.

Rio's Olympic and Paralympic mascots have been unveiled.
Rio’s Olympic and Paralympic mascots have been unveiled.

If you’re having trouble identifying just what the mascots are, it’s no surprise. The colourful Olympic mascot is a mixture of “all the Brazilian animals” and is blessed with their many qualities: the agility of the cats, the sway of the monkeys, the grace of the birds.

The Paralympic mascot is a magical creature, a “fusion of all the plants in the Brazilian forests”. His hair is made of tropical foliage and he is transforming all the time – like plants that are always moving, growing towards the sun and overcoming obstacles.

The choice of names being voted on is

  • Oba and Eba
  • Tiba Tuque and Esquindim
  • Vinicius and Tom

Before the latest mascots were revealed to the public, the city welcomed several past Olympic mascots – from London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Moscow 1980 – with Wenlock, Mandeville, Fu Niu Lele, Athena and Misha touring the sights of Rio.

 

Olympic mascots past and present met in Rio to tour the city this week.
Olympic mascots past and present met in Rio to tour the city this week. © Alex Ferro

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