The Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee has shortlisted four designs, it was announced on Saturday 9 January by Ryohei Miyata, Chairperson of the committee.
These four designs will now be checked internationally, registered and trademarked before being unveiled to the general public.
The next meeting of the emblems committee will focus on how the opinion of the public will be gathered and utilised in the selection of the new emblems.
The emblems committee has also selected a second set of four designs that may or may not be used as back-ups should any of the shortlisted designs fail any part of the verification process.
The Tokyo 2020 Emblems will be announced in spring 2016. The winning entry will receive an official invitation to attend the opening ceremonies of both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The competition was open to everyone regardless of previous experience or formal qualifications, and received 14,599 entries. Individual competition entries were invited from Japanese nationals over 18 years-old and foreign nationals over 18 years-old with the right of residence in Japan. Children and foreigners not resident in Japan were also able to take part via the group entry system (10 persons max.) as long as at least one person met the aforementioned age, nationality and residential requirements.