Tokyo 2020: The race to choose a mascot

Last updated at 12:44
It will be up to children across Japan to put their votes in to decide the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic mascots

Everyone knows that the most important part of any major sporting event is the mascot!

Well maybe not the most important but come on, pretty important.

And for the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 its down to children in primary schools across Japan to vote on which mascots they want to represent the event.

Children with the designs.AFP
The aim is to help children feel involved in the Games and get the excitement levels up

There are three pairs for the children to vote on, but only one pair will win!

The shortlist includes lots of cute animals such as foxes, cats and racoons.

Two of the designs being voted on.AFP
Which pair would you vote for? People in the Newsround office can't make their minds up...

These animals are believed to bring good fortune in Japanese culture.

A competition was launched in August to find a new design and they received more than 2,000 entries.

Children in every primary school in Japan will have until the 22 February 2018 to cast their vote and each class at each school only gets one.