Logo, mascot of South Asian Games 2016 launched

The Organising Committee of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 (OC-SAG) on Sunday unveiled the logo and mascot of the Games in a ceremony here. The North-Eastern cities of Guwahati and Shillong would jointly host the Games from February 6-16. About 4,500 athletes and officials from eight nations are expected to participate in 23 events during 10-day long event.

The mascot (centre) for the Games has been named ‘Tikhor’.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

The Organising Committee of the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 (OC-SAG) on Sunday unveiled the logo and mascot of the Games in a ceremony here.

The North-Eastern cities of Guwahati and Shillong would jointly host the Games from February 6-16. About 4,500 athletes and officials from eight nations are expected to participate in 23 events during 10-day long event.

At the launch ceremony the OC-SAG also kicked-off its Volunteers Programme, which is open to the general public.

After the unveiling ceremony, the mascot travelled around the city with bikers from the Assam Bikers Group. Artists from Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati performed at the event.

According to a media release sent by the ministry, “The logo has eight petals representing the countries participating in the 12th South Asian Games. The petals are seen to be moving in a clockwise direction showing the positive spirit of the games.”

The name of the Mascot for the Games is ‘Tikhor’. Tikhor is someone who is sharp, naughty, sporty and modern. He is an active, energetic and is popular among kids.