Two baby twin pandas were officially named last week by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach.
President Bach chose the names of Olympia and Fuwa* for the female
panda twins that he saw in the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda
Breeding during his visit to China last August.
They join their ‘Olympian‘ cousin giant panda Cobi who was named after the mascot of the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992.
The breeding centre, which aims to rescue and protect the endangered
giant panda species, is now the home of an Olympic giant panda family
composed of Colleen, the daughter of Cobi, and his twin granddaughters
born in early 2015.
* Fuwa, literally “good-luck dolls”, also known as “Friendlies”, were the mascots of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.