It was pouring at the Maracana Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday but the rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of Rio as the city bid goodbye to the Games with a resplendent show.
The Brazilian national anthem was sung by 27 children, representing the country’s 26 states and Federal District. There were multiple firework displays that never really came to an end. Athletes n raincoats and Team Great Britain wearing shoes lit in white, red and blue.
There were fitting flag bearers in the Parade of Nations, with gymnast Simone Biles, winner of five medals, carrying USA’s flag. India’s flag bearer was bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik.
The Olympic flag was officially handed over to Japan, host of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an appearance dressed as Super Mario. A speech by organising committee president Carlos Nuzman was followed by one from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. “Bye bye Rio,” he declared as the Olympic flame was extinguished to signify the closure of the Games.
A final display of song, dance and fireworks followed before the ceremony came to an official end.
Follow our live updates of the Closing Ceremony here:
7.25 AM (IST): The song and dance continues, with Rio seemingly unwilling to let the party come to an end. But it has to, and it does, eventually. As Thomas Bach said, “Bye Bye Rio!”.
7.10 AM (IST): The Olympics are going out in the only way that Rio knows, with a final resplendent display of song, dance and fireworks.
7.00 AM (IST): The Olympic flame is extinguished and the Closing Ceremony is now in its final few minutes.
6.45 AM (IST): International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach delivers the final speech, declares the Summer Olympics as closed. “Bye Bye Rio,” he says.
6.35 AM (IST): “See you in Tokyo” is the message, followed by a speech from Carlos Nuzman, president of the organising committee.
6.30 AM (IST): Japanese PM Shinzo Abe makes an appearance dressed as..Super Mario.
6.15 AM (IST): The Olympic flag is officially handed over to Japan, and an official video of Tokyo’s bid is shown as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes an appearance. Japanese athletes, meanwhile, are seen carrying flags of Japan as well as Brazil to signify the handover of the Olympics between the two nations.
5:57AM (IST): The star of the show so far has been Great Britain’s footwear!
5:54am: The colourful performances exemplifying Brazil’s rich culture.
5:43am: Lovely pictures from the Maracana.
5:36am: Silver medallist windsurfer Nick Dempsey finds some respite from the rain.
5:24am: Great Britain and their happy feet.
5:23am: We’re seeing triple.
5:12am: Rain... rain...
5:04am: Back to Great Britain’s Helen Glover for more fashion advice.
5:00am: There she is. Five-time medallist Simone Biles carrying the USA flag.
4:50am: Superb pictures from the closing ceremony.
4:47am: Out come the flagbearers! Sakshi Malik is carrying the tricolour.
4:45am: Waiting for Zac Efron to show up. He got the invitation alright.
4:42am: Brazil’s live anthem being sung by 27 children, representing 26 states + a federal district .
4:38am: The rain seems to be dying, and the dancers are out in wondrous formations, including ‘Christ the Redeemer.’
4:33am: The dress code for the moment, eh? Helen Glover, Great Britain’s gold medallist rower, seems to think so.
4:30am: The one who opened our account in Rio.
4:26am: Uh oh.