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Monday, 14 November 2005

Beijing Unveils Mascots

Beijing unveiled its Olympic mascots on Friday, 1000 days before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games.

There will be 5 mascots representing the games.

The mascots are cartoon renditions of a panda, fish, Tibetan antelope, swallow and the Olympic flame; each one being the colour of one of the Olympic rings.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said:

"The five friendlies are an incredible little family carefully chosen by Beijing 2008 to represent all of China to carry a message of friendship to the children of the world. China is so lucky to have so many beautiful animals to represent the Olympic spirit."

The mascots are called; Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying and Ni Ni. Collectively this translates as "Beijing welcomes you!"

A clever, and good idea; they are expected to generate considerable sums to offset the costs of the games.

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