The mascots for the Haiyang 2012 3rd Asian Beach Games are unveiled in Beijing, Nov 3, 2010. The mascots (Front R to L) are named Haihai, Yangyang and Shasha. The Asian Beach Games, regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), is a multi-sport event to be held every two years among athletes representing countries from Asia. [Photo/Xinhua]
BEIJING - A cartoon dragon and phoenix have been selected as the mascots for the third Asian Beach Games to be held in 2012 in Haiyang, a coastal city in East China's Shandong province.
Joining the dragon and phoenix is a cartoon depiction of the sun. They were introduced as Hai Hai (dragon), Sha Sha (Phoenix) and Yang Yang (Sun) Wednesday at a ceremony held in the Chinese capital.
"This set of mascots each represent sea water, sands and sunshine. They are a happy family, symbolizing the friendly relations between Asian peoples," said Qian Zhe, head of the design team.
Organizers opened the selection process in December last year, inviting suggestions from home and abroad. There were more than 1,000 entries for the mascots.
The third Asian Beach Games will hold 11 sports events, including beach volleyball and beach soccer.