Organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics have revealed animals and plants-inspired mascots respectively for next year’s Games.
“The Rio 2016 mascots represent the diversity of our culture, of our people,” Rio 2016 brand director Beth Lula said.
The yellow Olympics mascot represents the animals of Brazil, while the blue Paralympics mascot “is a fusion of plants found in Brazilian forests.”
Their names will be decided by a poll, with the results to be announced on 14 December.
The shortlisted pairings to choose from are Oba and Eba, Tiba Tuque and Esquindim or Vinicius and Tom.
The organising committee said the Olympics mascots combined “the agility of cats, the sway of monkeys and the grace of birds” and that he can stretch his arms and legs as much as he wants.
The Paralympics mascots, meanwhile, “is energised by photosynthesis and call pull any object from his head of leaves” and is always experiencing growth and overcoming obstacles.
Both mascots were born when “the great explosion of joy amongst Brazilians was felt by nature” when Rio was picked to host the Games.