The closing ceremony says goodbye to Tokyo 2020: music and lights to say goodbye without frills to the Olympic Games

Without an audience and with very little to show off, Tokyo 2020 Olympics they have said goodbye with their closing ceremony. The factor that there are no spectators and that the numbers of people that each delegation could bring to these official acts have been so limited due to the restrictions that have been adopted by the Covid-19. The Olympic flame was extinguished to give the relief to Paris 2024, a fire that hopes to be that of hope for the world to return to normal after the pandemic.

The ceremony began with a video that compiled the best moments that have been lived in these Olympic Games. Already with the presence of authorities such as the Japanese emperor, Naruhito, or the president of the International Olympic Committee (WATCH), Thomas Bach, the flag of Japan enter in the New Olympic Stadium. After its hoisting, while the Japanese national anthem was playing, it was the turn of the athletes who were still in Such.

The parade of flag bearers was much faster than at the opening ceremony of these JJOO. They all formed a circle in the center and were entering in a disorderly way. To Spain, the leader of the group was the standard bearer Sandra Sanchez, gold medal in karate kata. As also happened in the opening ceremony, all the athletes parade with masks. From Melbourne 1956 the athletes parade together in no formal order as a way to bring together all the athletes of the world as “one nation” at the suggestion of a student from the Australian city named Iang Wing.

Lights, fireworks … as expected, this closing ceremony of these Tokyo 2020 Olympics once again had a very visual component. The musical component was also important, since for several minutes there were several performances of different genres. In all of them the protagonists were Japanese artists. In addition, a mosaic of lights took flight to create the figure of the olymic rings as an eternal symbol of world unity.

For the first time in history, the winners of the marathon races were awarded a medal at a closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Bach and Sebastian Coe they gave the medals to Peres Jepchirchir, Brigit Kosgei Y Molly Seidel, by the female test, and Eliud Kipchoge, Abdi Nageeye Y Basir Abdi, in the masculine.

The relay

Bach, the governor of Tokyo, Yiriko Koike, Y Ana Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, they gathered at the stadium to do the relay of the Games. The president of the IOC handed over the Olympic flag to the French capital to pick up the baton with Paris 2024. A show in the Elysian Fields with the air forces and more flourishes he completed this process that has already begun to reach the next Olympic Games.

Then it was time for speeches. Seiko Hashimoto, the president of Tokyo 2020, recalled the pandemic: “I want to express my gratitude to all the medical services of Tokyo and to the citizens of the city due to the difficult situation that the pandemic has imposed on us. Covid-19“. Bach appealed to the union:” For the first time since the pandemic emerged, the whole world has united thanks to sport and it is something that gives us hope and you athletes have inspired us. “

And then, the president of the IOC pronounced the phrase for these Games to end: “I declare the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games closed, see you in Paris 2024.” The cauldron of the Olympic flame was gradually closed until the Tokyo 2020 chapter was closed.

[Más información: Así fue el espectáculo de Tokio para la ceremonia de clausura de los Juegos Olímpicos de 2020]


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