Nope, this is not a joke. His dad is named Akira Toriyama and must be very proud. He’s 5’8″, had a monkey tail as a child and has fought off some of the universe’s biggest threats.
And now he’s beaten his friend Pikachu and the rest of the Pokemon for a spot as ambassador of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. We’re of course talking about the one-and-only Son Goku.
The Tokyo Olympics are three years away but the Olympic committee has already settled on a decision. Goku is a world renowned Japanese character and he’s worth investing in for the Olympics. He will feature alongside other Japanese pop culture icons such as Naruto, Sailor Moon, One Piece‘s Luffy and even Mario.
Aiming for younger audiences
At the closing ceremony in Rio on August 21, 2016, the Japanese prime minister announced that Japanese culture would be a fundamental part of the Olympics in 2020.
Shinzo Abe even came out of a green tube dressed as Super Mario. Aiming for a younger audience, the Olympic committee is hoping to bring everyone together, young and old, for this edition.
2020 is three years away so in the meantime, have a look at the upcoming merch, available on Tokyo2020shop.jp (in Japanese).
Image courtesy: Tokyo2020shop