Applicant and Candidate Pins

The first pins to talk about are those issued BEFORE Tokyo was awarded the Games back in Bueno Aires in September 2013.

A brief explanation for those that didn’t know…

When a city looks to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, they put together their plans or ‘bid’ and submit them¬†to the governing bodies for consideration. At this time the city is known as an APPLICANT.

If the city’s bid is considered one of the best it has passed the initial round and then is asked to produce more information before a final decision is reached. At this point the city is known as a CANDIDATE CITY.

During this time, the bid committee will design a logo which they use to promote their bid. This logo is not the Games-time logo. Bid cities may not use the Olympic or Paralympic logos, however, candidate cities may.

Tokyo’s bid logo was revealed in November 2011 and consisted of a circle of cherry blossoms.

I have found a number of bid and applicant pins across the internet and show them below (photo credit indicate where I have found pins belonging to others).

There seems to be no consistent numbering convention for Tokyo 2020 pins at this point, so for ease of discussion I have created my own

Each pin number consists of three parts…

  • ‘TP’ to indicate that the reference is unique to TokyoPins.
  • A letter to indicate the type of pin – ‘B’ for bid, ‘S’ for sponsor (these will evolve).
  • A sequential number to provide a unique reference

The numbering used for these bid pins is completely arbitrary and I chose to list the applicant pins before the candidate pins as that is their chronological order.