Brazil mascots named after 'Girl from Ipanema' composers

Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:36am EST
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be named 'Tom' and 'Vinicius' after the singer-songwriters who wrote 'The Girl from Ipanema', organizers said on Sunday.

The names won 44 percent of votes in an online poll and were revealed on Brazilian TV show Fantastico.

The Olympic mascot will be named after Antonio Carlos Jobim, who was known more commonly as 'Tom'.

The Paralympic mascot is named after Vinicius de Moraes.

The pair were instrumental in the development of bossa nova music and wrote dozens of songs together, most famously the tale of a young girl who passed their bar each day as she walked to Ipanema beach.

The announcement came 600 days before the start of the games, the first ever to be held in South America.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; editing by Ian Ransom)

The mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic (R) and Paralympic Games are pictured during a visit at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes