October 16, 2015

TOKYO (AP) Japanese organizers have launched the design competition for a new logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to replace the emblem that was dropped amid plagiarism allegations.

The organizing committee says the competition is ''open to everyone regardless of previous experience or formal qualifications,'' including individuals or groups.

Applications can be submitted online from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7. The winning entry will be announced next spring and sent to the Tokyo 2020 executive board for final approval.

The initial emblem came under intense scrutiny because of its similarity to the logo of a theater in Belgium. The Japanese emblem's designer, Kenjiro Sano, stood by his work but it was eventually withdrawn.

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