The Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which began on August 5 (Rio time), closed after 17 days of competition on August 21.The closing ceremony was held at the Maracana Stadium located in the center of Rio de Janeiro.
At the beginning of the closing ceremony, after tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro, such as Carioca Aqueduct in the Lapa district, and Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado, were introduced by performers, athletes from around the world entered the arena to the rhythm of samba. Entering waving the national flags of Japan and Brazil, the Japanese athletes seemed to thoroughly enjoy the last hours of the Olympic Games, although they had looked slightly nervous during the opening ceremony.
At the end of the closing ceremony, Mr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mr. Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, and Ms. Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, went onto the stage, and the official Olympic flag handover began. The Olympic flag was handed over to Tokyo Governor Koike from Rio de Janeiro Mayor Paes via IOC President Bach. A performance was subsequently held to introduce Tokyo, the capital of Japan, to the rest of the world, with the venue filled with loud cheers and applause.
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Japan won a total of 41 medals--12 gold, 8 silver, and 21 bronze--the most in Japan's Olympic history, exceeding the number of medals won at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The next Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020. With new sports events being added, a total of 33 sports events are scheduled to be held at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Let's continue to pay attention to the growth and excellent performance of Japanese athletes!