The closing ceremony to the Rio Olympics started with a bang from spectacular fireworks on Sunday night as soon as fans from around the world had filled the iconic Maracana stadium.
From then on inside the stadium it was all colour, music dancing and hundreds of it jubilant athletes.
It was amazing for Rio de Janeiro. I did not expect the population to embrace the Olympics that way. When you see the Olympics in other countries it is exciting. Inside our own house is even more exciting.
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes passed the baton to Tokyo’s first female governor, Yuriko Koike, for the 2020 Summer Games, which will feature 33 sports, including five not held in Rio: baseball/softball; karate; climbing; surfing, and skateboarding.
Despite all the controversies and problems before the Rio Games the general verdict was that it had all been a great success.
Mike MacSween, a fan from Canada said he had a marvelous time:
“It’s been an incredible spirit here, it’s been great to see the passion of the Brazilians hosting the games and seeing this enthusiasm, great to see the soccer win, the football win last night for the country, and so, yeah, it’s been wonderful, we felt very welcomed.”
“It’s incredible, the whole team has been fantastic and from our point of view it has been an absolute privilege to be part of that journey with the team, it has been fantastic,” added Keith Buttons travelling with his son to support Britain, second in the medal table.
Even high winds and rain on the final day failed to dampen the spirits. The Aquatics centre was slightly damaged and some buildings had to be cordoned off but things should be put right in time for the start of the Paralympics on September 7.