Munich 2022 is looking for a mascot for the European Championships to follow Waldi
Designs for a mascot for next year’s European Championships in Munich are accepted, with the competition open to children aged three to 13.
The winning mascot will follow in the footsteps of Waldi, the dachshund dog who became the first official Olympic mascot when the Bavarian city hosted the Olympic Games in 1972.
“Posing with Malaika Mihambo. Cheers with Thomas Röhler. Flachsen with the stadium speakers. On a lap of honor with the title winners. The mascots are the secret stars of sporting events,” Munich 2022 organizers say on their website Internet by launching the competition.
“There’s only one thing missing: a mascot! And that’s where you come in!
“We are looking for our mascot for the 2022 European Championships in Munich!
“Are you between 3 and 13 years old and have an idea what the mascot of the European Championships should look like?
“So join us and send us your suggestion!”
A shortlist of three to five models will be chosen after the deadline expires on May 30, before a jury makes a final decision on which to choose.
“A grand prize awaits the best work of art,” Munich 2022 continued on its website.
“Send us your design or craft together with your declaration of participation by post or e-mail in Munich.
“You are also invited to write a few sentences explaining why you think your work of art is the perfect mascot for the 2022 European Championships; name suggestions for the mascot are also welcome.
“Be creative, anything goes, every idea is welcome!”
Waldi was created for Munich in 1972 by famous German designer Otl Aicher, who, among other things, was also responsible for the logo design of German airline Lufthansa.
It was based on a real long-haired dachshund named Cherie von Birkenhof, which Aicher used as a model.
There were two mascots for the first European Championships in 2018, an event shared between Glasgow and Berlin.
Bonnie the Seal was Scotland’s mascot after being designed by around 100 children aged 7 to 12, chosen from three Glasgow primary schools.
The name – a Scottish word meaning beautiful or attractive – was chosen in a public online vote, and quite a story for the character was created by children’s author Ross McKenzie.
For the German stage of the championships, the popular Berlino is reborn.
Berlino had become a cult figure at the 2009 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in the German capital when he posed with the medalists, including Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
The European Championships in Munich are scheduled to take place August 11-21 and will feature nine sports, including athletics, cycling, rowing and triathlon.
For more details on how to enter the mascot contest, click here.