The Red Scarf Brigade are expected to be reeling with disppointment today when the news reaches them that their, hitherto shortlisted mascot design, has now been rejected and is no longer short-listed.
A spokesman from the 'judging committee' is reported to have commented,
"Well, when we looked at it closely, it did appear to resemble a mixture of The CN Tower, Big Ben (as the building housing the 'clock' is known to 'common' folk - but WE know that Big Ben is the name of the bell inside) AND The Statue of Liberty.
"It was, therefore, deemed to be not a totally original design.
"Also, when the 'so called' religious inscriptions were translated from the many languages into English, they ALL, apparently say, "We love you Susan. Say you love us too or we will shrivel up and die'.
"This is definitely NOT the message we want to send out around the world.
"These people are lunatics, and, although we were warned just after we received the entry, by members of The Purple Teams, we decided to scrutinize this mascot entry and make up our own minds.
"We obviously ought to have listened to the warnings sent to us by Purple Team members as it would have saved us a hell of a lot of time."
No members of The Red Scarf Brigade were available for comments. Apparently they were all busy kissing butts of those members who successfully bid for their 'dearly beloved site'.