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RIO GAMES 2016 Mascots named after girl from Ipanema Musicians

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 02:52 UTC
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Vinicius and Tom, mascots of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Vinicius and Tom, mascots of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Vinicius” De Moraes and Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim extend bossa nova influence to Olympìc and Paralympic Games symbols respectively.

 The mascot for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has been named “Vinicius” and that of the ensuing Paralympic Games at the same venue shall be “Tom”, after the singer-songwriters Vinicius De Moraes and Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim, who co-wrote 'The Girl from Ipanema', organisers said.

The pair were instrumental in the development of bossa nova music and wrote dozens of songs together, most famously the tale of a young girl who passed their bar each day as she walked to Ipanema beach.

The announcement was made exactly 600 days before the commencement of the games, the first ever to be held in South America.

The Rio 2016 committee offered three pairs of names choices for the mascots, and it said “Vinicius” and “Tom” came out victors with 44 percent of the nearly 320,000 votes garnered at a TV show.

Vinicius is a yellow cat-like creature that represents Brazil’s fauna, and Tom is a bushy-headed figure reminiscent of the country’s diverse flora.

Since January 5, 1999, Rio de Janeiro's main international airport, better known as Galeao, also bears the name of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

“The names of Vinicius and Tom are recognised worldwide as a synonym for excellence, which is in line with what we want to achieve with the Rio 2016 Games,” said Carlos Arthur Nuzman, chairman of the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. ”In addition to representing the Brazilian fauna and flora, our mascots also connect to the best of our music. We are certain that they will be an inspiration to the youth,” he added.

In related news, scientific tests in Rio have shown waters where sailing and windsurfing events are due to be held in 2016 to have bacteria highly resistant to conventional antibiotics, which requires unusual drugs and even hospitalization. Rio 2016 organisers made no comments on the subject.

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  • ilsen

    Wile E. Coyote might be a better representitive of Dilma's recent efforts...
    'nufff said

    Dec 17th, 2014 - 03:37 am 0
  • Rufus

    They look ridiculous and have incongruous names, but I think that's been par for the course since Waldi the dachshund in Munich.

    They're merely a continuation of the trend last seen (in the summer) by Wenlock and Mandible. I say bring back Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat (the unofficial mascot from Sydney 2000, that was actually more popular than the official mascots).

    Dec 17th, 2014 - 10:54 am 0
  • ChrisR

    “Superbugger” and “Kill you now sir?” or even “Turds R Us” would be nearer the truth if you are part of the sailing contingent.

    This problem has been known about for years before the Olympics were ever in the frame for SA and what has been done about it? Fuck all as usual.

    Dec 17th, 2014 - 05:19 pm 0
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