Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony Highlights: 2020 Games Come To An End | Olympics News

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Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony Highlights: Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo waves the Olympic flag.© AFP




The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were declared closed on Sunday by IOC chief Thomas Bach, who called the pandemic-delayed Games the “most challenging Olympic journey”. “Now I have to mark the end of this most challenging Olympic journey to Tokyo: I declare the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed,” the International Olympic Committee president said. The Olympic flag was passed to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo for the 2024 Games at the Tokyo closing ceremony on Sunday. Hidalgo waved the flag, decorated with the five Olympic rings, after she received it from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

The closing ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Games began in a nearly empty Olympic Stadium on Sunday, at the end of a 16-day event held under strict anti-coronavirus conditions. The festivities began in front of VIPs after the Japanese flag was raised at the 68,000-seat venue, where fans are barred to prevent infections. Wrestler Bajrang Punia led the Indian contingent out during the parade of athletes during the closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020.

Here are all the highlights from Tokyo Olympics 2020 Closing Ceremony


  • 18:53 (IST)

    Arigato!

    And that’s it from us here. The Tokyo Olympics ceremony comes to an end. Thank you for joining our coverage of the 2020 Games. There have been some memorable moments during the Games, none more so than Neeraj Chopra’s stunning gold-studded performance.

    From all of us here Arigato and Sayonara!!

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Flame is extinguished!

    The Olympic Flame is slowly extinguished in the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium.

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Games are closed!

    “I declare the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed. In accordance with tradition, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble in Paris, France, in three years’ time to celebrate the Games of the 33rd Olympiad,” says IOC president Thomas Bach.

  • 18:13 (IST)

    Time for national anthem of France!

    After the Olympic flag handover ceremony, it is now time for the national anthem of France. The next Summer Games will be held in Paris.

  • 18:11 (IST)

    Flag handover ceremony underway!

    The Olympic flag handover ceremony is underway. The Governor of Tokyo will handover the flag to IOC president who will then handover it to the Mayor of Paris.

  • 18:07 (IST)

    Dignitaries make their way to the stage!

    IOC President Thomas Bach, Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike are on the stage for the hangover of Olympic flag.

  • 17:44 (IST)

    Kipchoge receives his gold medal!

    Eliud Kipchoge receives his gold medal after winning the men’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • 17:37 (IST)

    Peres Jepchirchir gets the gold!

    Thomas Bach presents Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir with the gold medal for women’s marathon event at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • 17:35 (IST)

    Brigid Kosgei gets silver!

    Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei takes home silver medal in women’s marathon.

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Medal ceremony for women’s marathon!

    USA won the bronze medal in women’s marathon and Molly Seidel gets the medal from Thomas Bach.

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Glorious light show takes over!

    Lights illuminate the Tokyo sky and then form the Olympic rings, with fireworks going off to make it that more spectacular.

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Fan videos being projected in the Olympic Stadium!

    Due to coronavirus protocols, the opening ceremony is being held without spectators but the organisers have put up a screen inside the stadium where the fans videos from across the world are being projected. 

  • 17:03 (IST)

    USA athletes make their way onto the ground!

    USA were the only nation to win over 100 medals in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

  • 16:52 (IST)

    Parade of athletes begin!

    The athletes who gave it their all over the last couple of weeks walk out for one last time at the Olympic Stadium.

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Flag bearers of each countries march out!

    Flag bearers and athletes of each country who participated at the Tokyo Games make their way out to the stadium. For India, it is wrestler Bajrang Punia who is walking out with the national flag. 

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Hello and Welcome!

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony. The sporting extravaganza is about to conclude after weeks of thrilling action.

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