The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.
The ceremony, lasting two and three quarter 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.
The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won India’s first medal in the Rio Olympics carried the flag for India at the Summer Games Closing Ceremony.
Highlights of Closing Ceremony :
- The Maracana was turned into a street carnival as the ceremony celebrated Brazil’s art, music and dance.
- Highlights included human formations of iconic Rio landmarks Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
- There was a special tribute to the late Brazilian actress, singer and dancer Carmen Miranda before the athletes’ parade.
- Norwegian DJ Kygo was joined on stage by medal-winning athletes as the Olympic Channel was launched.
- The Olympic flame was extinguished by a rain shower, which then gave life to a large tree sculpture to symbolise rebirth.
- The Rio carnival anthem ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ played as the party reached a crescendo.
- Brazilian model Izabel Goulart led a parade of 50 women and 200 dancers, who were joined by a sound truck containing 12 carnival queens.
- The ceremony concluded with a confetti and firework show.