Snow leopard leads the competition for the best mascot for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, organizers said on Saturday.
A nationwide competition to find a mascot for the 2014 Olympics kicked off on September 1 in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The mascot "should encompass a range of features characteristic of Russia, and at the same time be intelligible to people of every age, profession and nationality," organizers said earlier.
A special commission will choose the best ideas for the mascot, which then will be improved and developed by professional painters.
Organizers have already received over 3,000 pictures from different regions of Russia.
An online poll, to be held on February 7, 2011, will determine the Olympic mascot.
SOCHI, September 18 (RIA Novosti)