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RIO DE JANEIRO - A bright yellow cat-like figure, which also combines elements of monkeys and birds, is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. LeGarrette Blount Lions Jersey .The smiley-faced mascot represents the animal life of Brazil. The mascot for the Paralympics is a mopped-headed doll with leafy hair, meant to represent the vast diversity of the flora in Brazil.The mascots made their first official appearance on Monday at a school in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, which is a mix of precarious slums and homes for millionaires. The school is named for former International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch.Their purpose is to delight and engage the audience, particularly the children, Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio organizing committee, said of the mascots. In addition, the mascots will always be remembered by the people.A public poll will be conducted to name the two from a shortlist of possibilities. The possibilities for the Olympic mascot are: Oba, Tiba Tuque and Vinicius The choice for the Paralympic mascots are: Eba, Esquindim and Tom. They must be voted on in pairs: Oba and Eba, Tiba Tuque and Esquindim, and Vinicius and Tom.Votes for the names can be cast on the organizing committees website and Twitter feed. The winning names will be announced on Dec. 14.The cuddly, cartoon-like mascots are also big business.Organizers hope that Olympic merchandise, much of it carrying the mascot logo, will generate sales of 1 billion reals ($400 million). The organizing committee will receive about 15-20 per cent of the sales of branded merchandise, with the rest going to licensed manufacturers and vendors.Income from merchandising makes up a chunk of the $3 billion operating budget. Half of that budget is to come from the sale of local sponsorships.The Olympic merchandising campaign will comprise about 12,000 products aimed mostly at children. About 90 per cent of sales are expected from the domestic market.Our mascots represent the diversity of our people, our way of life and our natural environment, said Beth Lula, the organizing committees brand director.Olympic officials expect the mascot to represent 25 per cent of merchandising sales.The mascot for this years World Cup in Brazil — an armadillo named Fuleco — generated little interest. Some blamed this on pre-World Cup protests, and repeated delays and distractions in preparing venues.In addition to the operating budget, Rio is spending about $20 billion in a mix of private and public money to prepare sports venues and urban infrastructure. Brazil spent about $15 billion on the World Cup.___On the Web: @Rio2016.__Stephen Wade on Twitter: ;Devon Kennard Lions Jersey . -- The Denver Broncos retired John Elways No. Sylvester Williams Lions Jersey . - Considering where Jeff Gordon was after Richmond, left out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in part due to some late-race shenanigans, he couldnt have been happier on Sunday.TORONTO - Lawyers representing players opposed to the use of artificial turf at the 2015 Womens World Cup in Canada have asked the Human Rights of Tribunal of Ontario to reconsider its denial of an expedited hearing.The female players have launched a complaint arguing that the Canadian Soccer Associations use of artificial turf at the six-city tournament discriminated against women because men play their showcase on natural grass.In filing their complaint, they asked for an expedited hearing. The tribunal turned down that request, agreeing with the Canadian Soccer Association that the women could have filed their complaint earlier.Instead, the tribunal offered early mediation for both sides. The players agreed but the CSA declined.In asking the tribunal to reconsider its interim decision, lawyers for the players argue that the tribunal relied on the mistaken assumption that the CSA was willing to takee part in mediation. Tracy Walker Lions Jersey. The lawyers argue that the CSAs position on mediation means an expedited hearing provides the only possible means of addressing respondents pending discriminatory action.The lawyers also said that the interim decision did not address the womens contention that they were misled by the CSA and FIFA that their strong preference for real grass would be acted on.The CSA, meanwhile, filed a letter with the tribunal clarifying an earlier assertion that Canada had never bid on a mens World Cup. In fact, Canada tried in 1984 — unsuccessfully — to host the 1986 World Cup that ended up in Mexico.This clarification does not affect the substance of the CSAs submissions, wrote CSA lawyer Joseph Arvay, noting that it occurred 20 years prior to turf becoming a permitted surface under the laws of the game.The tribunal appears to have several interim decisions before it. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Online Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet ' ' '