Colourful Ceremony draws curtain on Tokyo 2020

Written by on August 9, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics, postponed and played out behind closed doors because of the pandemic, concluded with an upbeat ceremony in Japan’s capital.

The Games took place without spectators and athletes were barred from venturing outside the Olympic village.

Their staging has faced local opposition and around 30 protestors jostled with police at the National Stadium before the closing ceremony.

However, other locals have braved heat and warnings to watch events from afar.

Fans took in outdoor events, such as triathlon and BMX, from overpasses and other vantage points despite temperatures that reached 35°C, the hottest ever recorded at an Olympics.

Fans watch BMX freestyle from a bridge

Barred from spectating in venues, some local fans found vantage points to take in events like the freestyle BMX.

The Games’ official sign-off, featuring ska bands, football freestylers, breakdancers and BMX riders, created more made-for-TV memories, culminating in athletes thanking the people of Japan by making a heart gesture with their hands.

A scaled-down parade of flagbearers, missing 62 of the competing nations, started proceedings in Tokyo before an air display team painted the French tricolore across the sky in Paris, the host city for 2024.

Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto, who appeared at seven Games as a speed skater and then a track cyclist, told the athletes that There are no words to describe what they have achieved.

Source: BBC


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