- 21 Dec 2004
- IOC News
Beijing 2008: mascot contest comes to an end
The contest to design the mascots for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games was brought to a close on 1 December 2004. The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) announced that it had received more than 600 entries since the competition began on 5 August 2004.
BOCOG has developed strict criteria and procedures that will be used to evaluate and select the Olympic mascots. The criteria require that the mascots have Chinese characteristics, embody the Olympic spirit and appeal to people from all over the world. The best entries in the competition will be used to help finalise the official version of the mascots. The official unveiling of the mascots for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad will be held in June 2005.
Waldi, the Dachshund
The first official mascot, Waldi the Dachshund, was launched on the occasion of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. An unofficial mascot called "Schuss" had appeared at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble. Since that time, the mascot has become a regular feature at the Games appearing alone or with friends and taking not only animal forms, but also those of traditional dolls and even an ice cube and a snowball!
Learn more on Beijing 2008
Official website of Beijing 2008