The Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Games mascot have been named as Vinicius and Tom, respectively. The names were declared on 14 December 2014 after they were chosen by a public vote that was conducted over the past three weeks, since the mascots were unveiled.
Mascot Vinicius is a yellow feline animal similar to cat and represents Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife. Tom is a blue and green figure with leaves that covers it head and presents country’s diverse and rich flora.
Vinicius and Tom were chosen ahead of the other two shortlisted pairs of names: Oba and Eba, and Tiba Tuque and Esquindim.
The names are in honour of Brazilian musicians and partners Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. They were exponents of Bossa Nova music, the musical movement that got the whole world singing about the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. They were also the creators of the famous song, The Girl from Ipanema.
2016 Olympics scheduled to be held from 5 August to 21 August 2016 will be the first one to be held in the continent of South America.
When: 14 December 2014
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