Tokyo scraps Olympics logo

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

THE logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games has been scrapped af­ter al­le­ga­tions that it was pla­gia­rised.

The Games or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee said there were too many doubts over the em­blem for it to be used. A Bel­gian artist had com­plained that his de­sign was stolen.

Logo de­signer Ken­jiro Sano had ad­mit­ted copy­ing online ma­te­rial for a pre­vi­ous pro­ject, Ja­panese media re­ported.

In July a new Olympic sta­dium de­sign was scrapped amid a row over its cost.

The logo was un­veiled only last month, based around the let­ter T and a red cir­cle rep­re­sent­ing a beat­ing heart - which crit­ics said re­sem­bled the Ja­panese flag. Its with­drawal is a highly un­usual move. Bel­gian de­signer Olivier De­bie claimed that the de­sign was sim­i­lar to his 2013 logo for the Theatre de Liege. He and the theatre had filed a law­suit to pre­vent it be­ing used. — BBC

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