Committee unveils official Paralympics pictograms

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has unveiled the official sport pictograms for the Paralympics.

The committee made the announcement Friday exactly 500 days ahead of the opening ceremony of the quadrennial sporting event for athletes with disabilities.

A total of 23 pictograms representing events for 22 Paralympic sports will be used to decorate competition venues, tickets and licensed products. They are intended to illustrate athletes’ lively performances to help convey necessary information to spectators from all over the world.

The pictograms were developed by a team, including graphic designer Masaaki Hiromura. The team also developed the 50 pictograms for the Tokyo Olympics, which were announced last month.

The track and field pictogram depicts an athlete in starting position with an artificial leg, while the pictogram for swimming is a swimmer with a disabled arm. Two pictograms were created for cycling competitions, one for road and the other for track.

“The fusion of equipment and bodies is one of the main attractions of the Paralympics,” Mami Tani, a female triathlon athlete, said at a press conference for unveiling the pictograms. “I think the pictograms are describing the[Paralympic] sports well.”

According to the organizing committee, the 1964 Tokyo Games, when Olympic pictograms were introduced for the first time, had no pictograms for the Paralympics, and the 1988 Innsbruck winter games first adopted pictograms for Paralympic events.

The committee aims to enhance the recognition of Paralympic competitions by creating posters and “karuta” traditional Japanese playing cards using the pictograms.Speech

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