The 16 day sports extravaganza Rio Olympics 2016 came to an end with a grand Closing ceremony at Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. The Brazilian city waved good bye with explosion of colors and carnivals featuring models, a giant parrot and hundreds of dancers.
The closing ceremony celebrated the culture and artistic heritage of Brazil. Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee President at the closing event announced, “I declare Games of 2016 closed, I call upon the youth of the world to assemble in Tokyo, Japan for the 32nd Olympiad — bye, bye Rio!”
The ceremony lasted for three hours and left an everlasting mark in the eyes of the spectators despite the rain. The games at Rio featured 11,303 athletes from more than 206 nations and a refugee team. One of the highlights of the event was when the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared in an outfit of a computer game character Super Mario.
The closing ceremony at Rio was watched by billions across the globe. There were parades of the athletes along with a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Kate Richardson-Walsh, the Women’s hockey captain, carried the flag from Great Britain and finished the games with 67 medals which was the highest count at an overseas Olympics.
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