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Tokyo Olympics logo plagiarism suit dropped

A theatre in Belgium has dropped a plagiarism legal case over the design of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Belgian graphic designer vows to fight on

Tokyo Olympic logo designer Kenjiro Sano denies accusations of plagiarism. (Toru Yamanaka/Getty Images)

A theatre in Belgium has dropped a plagiarism legal case over the design of a logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee said in a statement Tuesday that the Theatre de Liege "has decided to waive the pending procedure."

But the Belgian graphic artist who designed the emblem for the theatre is vowing to fight on.

The first Tokyo logo came under scrutiny because of its similarity to the theatre's emblem. The Japanese emblem's designer, Kenjiro Sano, stood by his work but it was eventually withdrawn.

Belgian designer Olivier Debie told The Associated Press on Tuesday: "I am continuing." He added "there is a lot of pressure from the IOC" to drop his case.

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