After a spectacular 17-day action, curtains came down on World’s biggest sporting event, the 32nd Summer Games with a glittering closing ceremony at the National Stadium in Japanese capital today.
AIR correspondent reports, the rollercoaster ride of Tokyo Olympics Games came to an end this evening.
From heartwarming triumphs to the disappointment of missing out on a podium finish, the biggest sporting event that began on 23rd of July saw emotions running high.
Tokyo edition of Summer Olympics will go down in the history books as one of its kind.
The games that previously was scheduled to take place last year, had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was also the first Olympics that was held without spectators.
Due to coronavirus protocols, the opening as well as closing ceremonies were as well held in near-empty stadium.
At the spectacular closing ceremony today, festivities began with the fireworks that lit up the night sky, marking the beginning of the final chapter in which the organisers expressed gratitude for the countless individuals who lent them their strength and helped them make it to the closing ceremony.
A video was shown at the ceremony looking back on the 17 days of competitions that saw record-breaking history being made across multiple sporting events.
A Japanese all-female musical theater group, performed the national anthem at the closing ceremony as the Japanese national flag was raised.
After the raising of the Japanese flag, the flag bearer for each country entered the stadium.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia, who won a Bronze in the Men’s freestyle 65 kilogram event, led the Indian contingent out during the parade of athletes at the closing ceremony.
Only 10 officials with every team were allowed to attend the event. In contrast to the ethnic outfit athletes wore during the opening ceremony, they were seen in comfortable track suits.
The theme of the closing ceremony was “Worlds We Share”, which gives a moment for each and every one of us to think about what the future holds and expresses the idea that each of us inhabits our own world.
International Olympic Committee’s President Thomas Bach, Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attended the ceremony.
The traditional handover of the Olympic flag took place at the closing ceremony.
Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike handed over the flag to International Olympic Committee’s President who passed it over to the first female Mayor of Paris, Ana María Hidalgo.
Paris is hosting the 2024 Summer Games. French president Emmanuel Macron invites the world to Paris for the 2024 Summer Games from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The French segment began with the national anthem and featured musicians playing throughout Paris, as well as a few notes from French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who was playing his saxophone from the International Space Station.
India’s campaign in the Tokyo edition was the most successful one yet that brought the country a first-ever gold medal in track and field as Neeraj Chopra secured a top podium finish in the Javelin throw.
The Olympics saw Indian men’s hockey team ending a wait of over four decades for a podium finish.
The team, led by Manpreet Singh, clinched a historic bronze medal, defeating Germany 5-4 in the playoff match.
The women’s hockey team, meanwhile, pulled out a stunning performance — including beating tournament favourites Australia 1-0 — to finish fourth at the Games.
Shuttler PV Sindhu became the only second Indian to win two Olympic medals, winning a bronze in women’s singles, while Mirabai Chanu lived up to the expectations with a silver.
Among wrestlers, Ravi Dahiya with Silver medal and Bajrang Punia with bronze brought the nation glory, while Lovlina Borgohain won the sole bronze medal in boxing.
Overall, India with seven medals — one gold, two silver and four bronze, stood at 48th position in the Games.
United States topped the final medal count, earning 113 medals including 39 Gold. China came in second with 88 medals, 38 of which are gold, followed by the Russian Olympic Committee with 71 total medals.
In the end as always, the biggest sporting games aim to underscore the message of the Founder of modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin that the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.