September 18, 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, local time) - The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony was held at the Maracana Stadium, located in the central part of Rio, bringing to an end 12 days of thrilling action.
The ceremony began with the parade of flag bearers, who were representative athletes from each country and region. The crowd gave a huge round of applause as they entered the stadium. Japan was number 82. Wheelchair tennis player, Yui Kamiji, who won the bronze medal in women's singles was the flag bearer for Japan in the closing ceremony. During the ceremony, athletes and spectators alike were heated up by performances by Brazilian artists. From start to finish, the venue was engulfed in an atmosphere that emulated a Brazilian carnival.
The Flag Handover Ceremony, where the flag is passed on to the next city that will host the Paralympics, was the final event of the evening. Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike took the stage. The flag was taken down and handed to Major Paes, who then passed the flag to Sir Craven, and then on to Governor Koike. This was followed by a performance, based on the theme of making a POSITIVE SWITCH, by Japanese artists. The crowd loudly cheered on the performers, who gave a riveting performance that exemplified the Paralympic Games.
Japan secured 10 silver and 14 bronze medals in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which was greater than in the London 2012 Paralympic Games (for the number of total medals). Now that the Rio 2016 games have come to a close, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are next up in four years. We aim to carry on the momentum and enthusiasm of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and hype up the excitement during the next four years so that people around the world will enjoy the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.