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Belgian theater drops Japan Olympic logo case

Tokyo 2020

Hammer throw gold medalist Koji Murofushi (C), accompanied by young athletes, delivers a speech as the logo marks of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic (L) and Paralympic (R) Games are unveiled at the Tokyo city hall on July 24, 2015. The set of two logos for the Olympic and Paralympic games are designed with wide black columns symbolising diversity and bright red circles which indicate people’s heart, according to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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BRUSSELS (AP) -- A theater 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 theater is vowing to fight on.

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 The Japanese emblem’s designer, Kenjiro Sano, stood by his work, but it was eventually withdrawn.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