- 29 Sep 2006
- IOC News
Paralympic Games mascot and logo launched
The Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010 Games Organising Committees have both taken big steps this month, as they prepare to host the Paralympic Games in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The Beijing Organising Committee unveiled the mascot for its Paralympic Games, while Vancouver has launched its Paralympic Games emblem.
Fu Niu Lele
The 2008 Paralympic Games mascot is modelled on a young cow, and is called Fu Niu Lele. Lele, which means “happiness”, will serve as an ambassador of friendship that China offers to the Paralympic Games and the world. The Beijing mascot combines Chinese national style and cultural characteristics, while embodying the Olympic spirit and the indomitable fighting spirit of the Paralympians. It expresses the harmonious co-existence between man and nature, as well as corresponding to the Paralympians’ character of striving to make progress and the Beijing Paralympic Games’ concepts of transcendence, equality and integration.
Man Becomes Mountain
A crowd of thousands welcomed Vancouver 2010’s new Paralympic emblem at an outdoor concert held especially for the unveiling in the mountain resort of Whistler. The emblem, entitled “Man Becomes Mountain”, incorporates a dynamic human form into West Coast blue and green colours in clean graphics that represent Vancouver and Whistler’s lush coastal forests, dramatic mountains and majestic sky. The emblem also reflects the athletes’ mountainous inner strength and personal transformation, as they push themselves to new heights in pursuit of excellence.
The IOC And The IPC
The Paralympic Games have always been held in the same year as the Olympic Games. Since the Seoul Summer Games (1988) and the Albertville Winter Games (1992), they have also taken place at the same venues as the Olympic Games. On 19 June 2001, an agreement was signed between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) aiming to secure and protect the organisation of the Paralympic Games. The agreement reaffirmed that the Paralympic Games, from 2008 on, will always take place shortly after the Olympic Games, using the same sports venues and facilities. From the 2012 bid process onwards, the host city chosen to host the Olympic Games will be obliged to host the Paralympics as well. The IOC and IPC signed an extension to this agreement in June 2006, taking the current agreement through to 2016.