Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

_90871352_fireworkThe Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.

The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana.

Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

“These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.    

“Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.”

Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.

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  • Ron Saywack  On August 24, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Guyana sent six members to the Rio games. Jamaica sent 60. Why bother?
    I’d suggest to the Guyana government to invest in track and field, to build and maintain training facilities. Find the best athletes in the land and subsidize them while they prepare to be competitive to make the country proud. To date, Guyana has won a solitary bronze medal and that was at the boycotted Moscow games in games in 1980. Mike Anthony might not managed that medal in a full Olympics.

    Surely we can do better!

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