The flag of Serbia was carried by the Olympic champion karate player Jovana Preković. After the flag bearers, athletes, representatives of the participating national teams, came out on the field of the Olympic Stadium. Everyone was in a good mood, they played, took photos and videos and waved flags.
When the athletes came out, fireworks were fired, and Olympic circles appeared above the stadium, after which a music and dance program began, and DJ Matsunaga came on stage first. The Tokyo Sky Transfer Orchestra performed famous songs, along with “Ode to Joy”, in jazz and ska arrangements.
At the end of that segment, the anthem of Greece was performed, the existence of the Olympic Games and the Greek flag was raised on the mast. After that, medals were awarded to the winners of the marathon, in both competitions. Kenyan Perez Dzepcircir won a gold medal, her compatriot Brigid Kosgei won a silver medal, and American Molly Seidel won a bronze medal.
Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge defended the Olympic gold, the silver medal was won by the Dutchman Abdi Nageje, and the bronze by the Belgian Bashir Abdi.
The organizers then compiled the videos to pay tribute to the 71,000 volunteers who helped with the work, and then mentioned the fans who could not attend the competition. The program continued with Japanese traditional dances and showed videos showing festivals and Japanese landscapes.
After that, the Japanese anthem was sung, and then the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, handed over the Olympic flag to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and he to the mayor of Paris, Ann Hidalgo, the host city of the next 2024 Games.
The video then presented Paris with the participation of BMX cyclists who rode through the city, and a large flag of the host of the 2024 Games fluttered on the Eiffel Tower.
The winners of the medals from Tokyo joined from the crowded Parisian Trocadero, and the President of France, Manuel Macron, greeted everyone in Tokyo with the Olympic motto “Faster, more, stronger, together”.
The president of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Seiko Hashimoto, said that these Games inspired many and gave hope for the future.
“Tonight, the flag is flying at the Games, excitement and inspiration, helped by every athlete. The games were held in the middle of a serious pandemic, I express my deep gratitude to everyone in the medical services who supported and contributed to the successful maintenance,” she said.
“Sports competitions in the previous 17 days have inspired us, given us strength and shown hope for the future. I am grateful to all athletes, volunteers. Although the Games are closing, new doors are opening. I hope we will host you again one day,” Hashimoto added. .
IOC President Thomas Bach said that the Games in Tokyo would not have been held without the unity of everyone in the organization, sponsors, broadcasters.
“The previous days you delighted us with your sporting achievements and excellence, you created the magic of these Olympics, you went faster, you went higher, you were stronger, because you stood in solidarity. You competed fiercely but you lived together under the same roof and it is a strong message of solidarity and peace. In these difficult times, you have given the most precious gift to the world and hope, “Bach said.
“Sport has returned to the main stage, billions of people around the world have united their emotions. It gives us hope and faith for a better future. The Tokyo Olympics are the Games of Hope, Solidarity and Peace. You are the best athletes in the world and you could make the Olympic dream come true. only thanks to the fact that Japan has prepared the scene for you to shine on it. The Japanese people can be proud of everything they have done, on behalf of the athletes, thank you Tokyo, thank you Japan, “he added.
He thanked the volunteers for their hard work and then declared the 32nd Olympic Games closed.
The organizers reminded with a musical point of the previous Games in Tokyo, in 1964, and the Olympic flame was extinguished.
After that, the Paralympic Games were announced, which will start in two weeks in Tokyo.
The Olympic Games started on July 23, a year later than planned, and were held without the presence of the audience due to the corona virus pandemic.
Serbian athletes won a record nine medals, three of which were gold. Water polo players won gold, Jovana Preković in karate and Milica Mandić in taekwondo.
The silver was won by Damir Mikec in archery, while the bronze went to the basketball players, Tijana Bogdanović in taekwondo, the archer Milenko Sebić, the wrestler Zurabi Datunašvili and the volleyball players.
The competition was marked by the American athlete Alison Phillix, who won the 11th Olympic medal in her career, as well as her compatriot swimmer Caleb Drexler, who won five gold medals in Tokyo.
Also in the spotlight was American gymnast Simon Byles, who won two medals in Tokyo after missing most of the competition worried about her mental health concerns.
The games were also marked by Italian sprinters led by Lamont Marcel Jacobs. He won gold in the 100-meter race and helped the team triumph in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
The best placement on the table of medals was achieved by competitors from the United States of America with 39 gold medals, one more than China. The United States won a total of 113 medals, and China 88.
The next Olympic Games start in 1,083 days in Paris.