Officials of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics react to the circulating parody Olympics logo, depicting the logo as the novel coronavirus. According to the organizers and officials of Tokyo 2020, the logo is “insensitive” and it infringed copyright.
In an online news conference last Tuesday, Tokyo 2020’s chief spokesman Masa Takaya said that they have requested the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan to take down the said image.
“It is very disappointing to see the games emblem being distorted and associated with the novel coronavirus, which affects human life, people’s lives, the economy, and our society.” https://t.co/0zMnOpTSh6
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) May 19, 2020
“I also have to say this is insensitive to many people being affected by this damaging and painful situation,” said Takaya. “It is especially insensitive to athletes who are willing to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games next year and working very hard every day for next year’s Games.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo was created by Andrew Pothecary, a British designer based in Tokyo. The Olympics has also been moved to 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.
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