Pouched marmot as a mascot of possible Olympic Games in Prague

The capital city of the Czech Republic, one of the candidates for organizing the Olympic Games in either 2016 or 2020, is now choosing its mascot that would represent the city.

The Lord Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem, suggests a pouched marmot that lives near the airport in Prague-Letnany. One fifth of the marmots in the Czech Republic live in Prague. It is paradoxical that organizing the games near the animal’s natural environment could threaten this endangered species.

According to a study, the ceremonial event (as well as athletics, badminton, box, judo, gymnastics etc.) could be in a stadium in Letnany. The organizers plan to use also Strahov stadium, Sazka Arena, T-Mobile Arena and Prague Exhibition Ground, Troja wild river, Congress Centre and many other buildings and places in and out of Prague.

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