The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots have been named.

The Olympic mascot will be called Vinicius and the Paralympic mascot will be called Tom.

The names were chosen by a public vote that was conducted over the past three weeks, since the mascots were unveiled. A total of 323, 327 votes were cast.

The names, which received 44 per cent of valid votes, pay tribute to Brazilian musicians Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim. They were part of the group that created Bossa Nova, the musical movement that got the whole world singing about the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. Together, De Moraes and Jobim wrote The Girl from Ipanema, one of the most-played songs of all time.

Vinicius and Tom were chosen ahead of the other two shortlisted pairs of names: Oba and Eba, and Tiba Tuque and Esquindim.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman said the public had chosen names that reflect the character of the Rio 2016 Games.

“The names of Vinicius and Tom are recognised worldwide as a synonym for excellence, which is in line with what we want to achieve with the Rio 2016 Games,” he said.

“In addition to representing the Brazilian fauna and flora, our mascots also connect to the best of our music. We are certain that they will be an inspiration to the youth.”