2016 Rio Olympic comes to a successful end

Monday, 2016-08-22 12:33:39
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Firework displays at the Rio Olympic closing ceremony
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NDO – An animated and colourful closing ceremony was held at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the morning of August 22, marking the conclusion of the 2016 Olympic Games after 16 days of competition.

The event started with dazzling firework displays lighting up the sky of the legendary Maracana stadium, followed by dances and musical performances by Brazilian artists and volunteers, along with the parade of athletes participating in the Games.

After thanks were given to volunteers, who had contributed significantly to the success of the Rio Games, a Greek flag-raising ritual was conducted to commemorate the origin of the Summer Olympics.

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach presented the Olympic flag to Mayor Yuriko Koike of Tokyo, Japan, the host city to the 2020 Olympic Games, accompanied by an introduction about the Games to be hosted in the capital of “the land of the rising sun”.

The Japanese delegation also performed well in Rio ending up in sixth place overall with 12 gold, eight silver and 21 bronze medals.

Following an artistic performance imbued with the latest technology put on by Japanese artists, President of the Brazil Olympic Committee Carlos Nuzman delivered his thanks and a farewell speech to all, while President of the IOC Tomas Bach congratulated Brazil for an extremely successful Games.

The 31st Olympics in Rio witnessed the US delegation dominate with 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze medals, followed by Britain (27, 23, 17), China (26, 18, 26), Russia (19, 18, 19) and Germany (17, 10, 15).

Regarding the Southeast Asian region, only six delegations claimed medals in Rio, including Thailand (two gold, two silver, two bronze), Indonesia (one gold, two silver), Vietnam (one gold, one silver), Singapore (one silver), Malaysia (four silver, one bronze) and the Philippines (one silver).

A total of 118 new records – 27 world and 91 Olympic records – were established during the 16 days of competition in Rio.

An art performance at the closing ceremony

President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach presents the Olympic flag to Mayor Yuriko Koike of Tokyo, Japan, the host city to the 2020 Olympic Games.

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