Rio de Janeiro, 5 December 2014 - Voting for the names of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots will close on 14 December, when the most popular names will be announced. There are only 9 days left to vote for your favourite names on the website at www.rio2016.com/mascots and on the Rio 2016 Twitter and Facebook profiles. In Brazil, you can also send a text message via Claro.
The suggested names are Oba and Eba (Brazilian celebratory exclamations), Tiba Tuque and Esquindim (Brazilian sound and swagger) and Vinícius and Tom (tributes to two great names in Brazilian popular music).
Find out more on the exclusive Rio 2016 mascots website at www.rio2016.com/mascots, which features some fun experiences especially designed for children. For instance, they can take a selfie with the mascots in any pose and then share it over social media; go to the Athlete of the Future section and, by answering a few questions, find out the sport that is probably the best suited for them; download wallpapers; download and print masks of the mascots and colour in scenes depicting our two new friends.
The mascots were chosen from the entries in response to a nationwide tendering procedure from advertising firms, designers, illustrators and animators. To mediate the process, the Committee contracted directors of the Anima Mundi Festival, the biggest animation festival in the Americas and the second biggest in the world.
The objective was to guarantee high quality, stimulate Brazilian production on the design and animation markets and provide a showcase for Brazilian creative professionals. Birdo Produções, based in São Paulo, won the tendering process and were awarded the contract.
About the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a private, non-profit civil sports association, combining the Brazilian Olympic Confederations, the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.
Its mission is to promote, organise and stage the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games, following the guidelines of the Host City Contract, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency, while respecting Brazilian legislation, the Olympic Charter and the IPC Rules Handbook.