- Controversial logo for 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been scrapped amid allegations of plagiarism
- Tokyo committee had initially defended Sano's stylized "T"
- Designer Kenjiro Sano: "I can no longer endure as a human being"
Organizers had defended Sano's stylized "T" as recently as last Friday against accusations of copying from Belgian designer Olivier Debie, who had designed a similarly stylized logo for the Theatre de Liege in his country.
Sano denied the allegations, saying he had never seen the Belgian design and that the red circle in his design was meant to evoke the Japanese flag.
But with criticism mounting, Tokyo organizing committee head Toshio Muto announced at a press conference Tuesday that the logo had been withdrawn by Sano. He said the committee would "respect the decision" and develop a new design.
"Using the logo that is not supported by the public is not quite suitable (for the success of the Olympics)," he said.