Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony LIVE
15:17 CEST: Olympic flame put out
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have come to an end. The Olympic flame has been extinguished and the sporting world is now looking forward to Paris 2024. However, Olympic action in Tokyo is not over, as the Paralympic Games start on August 24.
14:20 CEST: Tribute to the volunteers
An emotional video that paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers from all over the world was broadcast on the big screen, thanking them for their hard work during these Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The members of the Athletes’ Committee presented a small bouquet of flowers to the representatives of these volunteers.
14:16 CEST: Athletes Commission of the Olympic Committee
The Athletes Commission of the Olympic Committee have come out to receive their ovation, although Spain’s Pau Gasol could not be there.
14:13 CEST: The three winners of the marathon
The top three finishers in the men’s marathon race, Kenya’s Kipchoge , the Netherlands’ Nageeye and Belgium’s Abdi receive their awards
13:10 CEST: Japanese national anthem rings around Olympic stadium
The flag bearers leave after the interpretation of the Japanese national anthem. We remember, Sandra Sánchez will carry the Spanish flag in this closing ceremony in the Japanese country. They are placed in a circle on the central platform of the stadium.
13:07 CEST: IOC president Bach and the flag of Japan.
The President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, enters the arena along with the rest of the Japanese authorities, who are welcomed with a public address.
Some members of the local delegation are parading a Japanese flag around the stadium.
13:00 CEST: Tokyo 2020 Closing Ceremony begins
The closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games begins. It will last exactly 2 hours and 15 minutes and is being held at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, where it is 20:00 local time.
The ceremony gets underway with a touching video recalling the highlights of the 17 days of competition.