The identity of Rio 2016's mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is set to be announced in the coming days after it was revealed they will welcome five of their predecessors to Rio de Janeiro on Thursday (November 20).
Misha from Moscow 1980, Athena from Athens 2004, Fu Niu Lele from Beijing 2008, and Wenlock and Mandeville from London 2012, will land at Tom Jobim International Airport at 11am.
The quintet will visit the Sugerloaf Mountain, a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean, on Friday (November 21).
On Saturday (November 22), they will be taken on a mini tour of the Maracanã Stadium, due to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Games.
Children from the Rio 2016 Education Programme will accompany the mascots on the visits, which will involve picnics and storytelling about the Games.
The mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Fuleco the armadillo, failed to generate much interest and was even burned by demonstrators at protests before the competition had begun.
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