What Does The Tokyo Paralympics 2020 Logo Mean?

Published 08/24/2021, 2:30 PM EDT


After an exhilarating competition at the Olympics earlier this month, the Paralympics is now all set to dazzle everyone from Tokyo. The competition is going to be intense and cutthroat. In preparation, let’s have a look at the details of the logo for the same.

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The Olympic logo has 5  interlocking rings. The colors of blue, yellow, black, green and red on a white flag symbolize the five continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania. This implies that athletes from all across the world, come together to compete with one another. Moreover, this symbol was originally created in 1913 by Coubertin. However, the Paralympic logo has a different pattern. Here, there are three curved swishes in red, blue and green. Not only this but also, the meaning of the logo is also quite unique.

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Meaning of the symbol

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is making use of Agitos, instead of the Olympic rings. It signifies the four core values of the Paralympics: courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Red, blue and green were chosen for this flag as they are the colors most seen in flags around the world. Furthermore, the curves in the line show ‘spirit in movement’.

The word Agitos also has an interesting meaning in Latin. ‘Agitos’ means ‘I move’. Moreover, the name symbolises the motion of the Paralympic athletes. Simultaneously, it also signifies the entirety of the Paralympic movement and the athletes who fly to compete.

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Why aren’t the Olympic rings used in the Paralympics?

Fans have a general notion that Olympic events have everything similar. Be it the venue, sports or the number of events. For example, both Games have participants competition in sports like Swimming, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis and so on. However, the logo is most certainly different. Surprisingly, the logos used to be similar back in 2003.

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Apparently, the primary symbol was based on a Korean tae-geuk decoration. It highlighted blue, black, red, yellow and green symbols. Interestingly, these colors were identical to the colors used at the Olympics. In addition to this, it later was uncovered in Seoul in the year 1988 that it signifies the reality from which all things and values originate. Unfortunately, the design was observed to be very similar to the Olympic rings. Consequently, it was discarded, and the Agitos logo was built. This logo was used for the first time in 2004.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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