Mascot of Ulaanbaatar-2023 East Asian Youth Games introduced

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The nine National Olympic Committees of East Asia will organize the East Asian Youth Games in Ulaanbaatar in August 2023 and preparations are underway. On November 10, the mascots of the East Asian Youth Games were presented to students.

Each continent has its own Olympic Games logo, symbol and mascots. As for the mascots, mostly animals were chosen.

In this regard, Chief Operating Officer of Ulaanbaatar East Asian Youth Games Organizing Committee Company Ts.Bat-Enkh said, “The host country of any sports games chooses their mascot with the aim to make the endangered animals in their region known to the public. Therefore, the Khangardi and Galbingaa birds were chosen as the upcoming game’s mascots. The Khangardi is the symbol of the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. It is a mythical bird symbolizing courage, bravery and intelligence. Also, the Galbingaa bird is the ancient Mongolian mythical and supernatural winged bird-human.”

The Khangardi mascot was named “Khaki” and the Galbingaa bird was named “Inga”. The logo of the game is made with the image of the upper fame of the Mongol ger (Mongolian traditional dwelling), meaning “Let's unite under the roof of Ulaanbaatar”.

Mongolia won the bid to host the event in 2017 and the East Asian Games Association, Ulaanbaatar city administration and Mongolian National Olympic Committee signed a tripartite contract in Taichung, Taiwan. It has been held every four years since 2019 among athletes aged 14 to 18 from eight East Asian countries as well as the Pacific Island of Guam in 12 sports categories. This is the first time that such a major sports event will be held in Ulaanbaatar.

More than 4,500 people (about 2,400 athletes, coaches and 350 referees and technicians) will arrive in Ulaanbaatar to take part in the games. The organizing committee is headed by Mayor of Ulaanbaatar D.Sumiyabazar.

Dulguun Bayarsaikhan