Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo scrapped over plagiarism row, according to reports

1 September 2015

Kenjio Sano: 2020 Olympic logo

The 2020 Olympic logo has been scrapped over a plagiarism row, according to reports. The logo created by Kenjiro Sano was unveiled at the end of July. Claims have since been made that it copies the identity for Théâtre de Liège in Belgium, created by Belgian designer Olivier Debie (more on that in Rob Alderson’s article in The Guardian_). According to the Japan TimespC, the Tokyo Games organising committee scrapped the logo on Tuesday, and has said it will immediately launch a competition to design a new logo.” The report states that Kenjiro “requested the emblem’s withdrawal, and that he will not get paid for the design.”


Olivier Debie: Théâtre de Liège logo

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