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White Tiger and Asiatic Black Bear are Pyeongchang 2018 mascots

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Seoul (dpa) - A white tiger named "Soohorang" was on Thursday unveiled as the mascot for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The South Korean organizing committee (POCOG) also presented an Asiatic black bear named "Bandabi" as the mascot for the Paralympics.

A statement said that the white tiger is considered a sacred guardian animal in South Korea and that its colour matches the snow and ice of winter sports.

The black bear is the symbol animal of the Gangwon Province where the Olympics and Paralympics will be held, and stands for strong will and courage.

The mascots were unveiled after a Pyeongchang presentation at the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"The mascots will now spearhead our communication activities and marketing initiatives. With today‘s meaningful step forward, POCOG will use the momentum to gain more public support and excitement for the Games," organizing committee chief Lee Hee Beom said.

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