Tokyo Olympics: Closing ceremony marks end of behind-closed-doors Games

Tokyo Olympics: Closing ceremony marks end of behind-closed-doors Games

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 09/08/2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics concluded with an upbeat ceremony in Japan's capital last night with Fijiana 7s team captain Rusila Nagasau being Fiji’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

Fiji finished the Olympic Games with one gold and one bronze medal.

This is the best performance by Team Fiji at an Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 took place without spectators and athletes were barred from venturing outside the Olympic village.

However, some locals braved the 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.

The Games' official sign-off, featured 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 in her closing address says through the hard work and perseverance of athletes, they have overcome unbelievable challenges and this has made them true Olympians.

Athletes had daily swabs to test for coronavirus and wore face masks when not eating, training or competing. After they had finished competing, they had 48 hours to leave the athletes' village.

[Source: BBC]

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