The Rio Twenty- Sixteen Olympics Games has ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony as the official handover to twenty- twenty hosts Tokyo.
The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana.
Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.
International Olympic Committee,President, Thomas Bach, said this year’s edition of the Games was marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city, adding that Brazil inspired the world in the last sixteen days.
Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring Eleven thousand, three hundred and three athletes from two hundred and six nations and a refugee team.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.
The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.