The 9th Asian Winter Games organizers unveiled on Thursday its slogan, emblem and mascots at a ceremony in Harbin, capital city of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, where the event is set to take place in 2025.
The organizers announced that the official slogan is "Dream of Winter, Love among Asia" and presented adorable tiger mascots "Binbin" and "Nini" as well as the official emblem, which is the fusion of a short-track speed skater figure, a lilac flower and dancing ribbons.
The mascots and emblem were created by the team from the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University.
Chen Lei, head of the mascots and emblem design team, explained that the emblem, named "Breakthrough," combines Chinese culture with Olympic elements.
"It shows China's pursuit of becoming a sporting powerhouse in the new era and its willingness to contribute to the ice and snow sports in Asia," Chen noted.
Whereas for the mascots, they were inspired by two Siberian tiger cubs born last September in Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park, Chen added.
According to the organizers, since the global solicitation for the slogan, emblem and mascots was released on September 19, 2023, a total of 4,608 valid entries have been received.
"We believe that the slogan, emblem and mascots will become historical imprints to be passed down, shining brightly in the Olympic Movement," said Zhang Qixiang, vice chairman of the organizing committee and mayor of Harbin.