Chinese "pandas" are shown during the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2018. © VCGOlympic Games News
Date : 23 Oct 2018
Beijing, China, October 23, 2018: Organisers are urging artists to highlight cultural elements and appeal to youth in their proposed designs for the 2022 Winter Olympics mascots as the submission process enters its final phase, reports the China Daily.
The organising committee of the Winter Games began accepting design proposals for Beijing 2022 over the weekend and public enthusiasm to participate has been impressive, the Beijing 2022 committee said.
"Excitement around the competition in the artistic design sector reflects the country's growing appreciation for the Olympics and the public's expectations for the Beijing 2022 Games," said Yao Junfei, an official in the committee's culture and ceremonies department.
"For such memorable symbols we expect to see a great demonstration of Chinese culture, the host's characteristics, and an appeal to young fans in the design proposals," he said.
The committee will close the submission process at 5 pm on October 31 followed by two rounds of review and evaluation of all successful bids.
The winning designs are expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2019. The 10 finalists will each receive a cash prize of 10,000 yuan ($1,440), while the ultimate winners will each be given 100,000 yuan.
The worldwide competition of the designs was launched on August 8 as part of China's celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Any personal data submitted will not be used for any direct marketing or unsolicited follow-up.