How was the participation of the Argentine delegation in the closing of Tokyo 2020

The captain of the Argentine men’s field hockey team, Pedro Ibarra, carried the Argentine flag at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The historic “Los Leones” player, who announced his retirement from the national team after competing in Tokyo, led the national delegation that was also attended by the men’s volleyball team, winner of the bronze medal.

The Argentine Olympic Committee (COA) portrayed the meeting between Ibarra, a gold medalist in Rio 2016, and Facundo Conte, one of the figures of the second bronze for the national volleyball.

The ceremony held at the Tokyo National Stadium began with the Japan anthem to precede the entry of the athletes who stayed until the last day after more than two weeks of competition.

Without the presence of the public, as happened at the inauguration, the organization dazzled with an impressive play of lights that formed the Olympic rings.

Then, a musical show loaded with the mythical Japanese culture was held and at the end a local orchestra reverted the traditional hymn of joy.

Before the award ceremony for the marathon participants, a part of the Greek national anthem was sung to fulfill the Olympic tradition since Antwerp 1920.

For the first time in history, the award ceremonies for men and women were held at the same time during the Olympic Games and this was how Kenya was the center of attraction with the golds of Eliud Kipchoge, with its second in a row, and Peres Jepchirchir, who with his incredible final stretch took the women’s gold.

The Olympic flame was extinguished but the sport will continue to be present in Tokyo since the Paralympic Games will be held from September 24 to 5.

The closing was with an impressive fireworks show that lit up the Tokyo sky and the message of thanks in Japanese displayed on the stadium screens: “Arigato”.

With Paris 2024 as the next goal, Argentina finished in 72nd place in the medal table with the medals of Las Leonas (silver) and the volleyball and rugby team (bronze). (Télam)


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