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Colourful Olympics conclusion in pictures

By AFP

Added 22nd August 2016 08:15 AM

At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music.

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At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music.

The Rio Olympics ended in a blaze of colour with an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday as Tokyo took up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020. After a rollercoaster fortnight which mixed off-field hitches with compelling sporting drama, Olympics chief Thomas Bach hailed a "marvellous" Games in the Brazilian city.

A family watch fireworks of the closing ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic games over Maracana stadium from Manugeira community (favela) in Rio de Janeiro.

 

 

Fireworks explode during the closing ceremony. At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music with bursts of spectacular fireworks.

 

 

Brazilian singer Roberta Sa performs during the closing ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

This boy from Mangueira favela watched fireworks over Maracana Stadium.

 

 

 

 

 

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) and the president of the Olympic Committee of Brazil and Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman delivered a speech during the closing ceremony.

 

Security scares and logistical problems were a feature of South America's first Olympics, held against the backdrop of Brazil's political and economic crisis. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Some people were pictured marching with shoes with light-decoration

 

Smiling and waving athletes danced into the Maracana stadium taking selfies as Rio's 16-day Summer Games closed ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The words "thank you" are projected  in Portuguese and Japanese onto the playing field  during the colourful ceremony.

 

 

Dancers performed during the presentation of Tokyo 2020 at the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. "The Japanese government will... work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever," Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had said as he met Japanese medal-winners earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singer Lenine performs during the closing ceremony.

 

 

Army personnel carry the Olympic flag.

 

 

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waved the Olympic flag.

 

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds a red ball during the closing ceremony. Abe made a comical cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario as Tokyo set out its stall for 2020.

 

 

 

 

The president of the Olympic Committee of Brazil and Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Carlos Arthur Nuzman delivers a speech.

 

 

 

 

 

Brazilian singer Mariene De Castro produced an outsatanding performance.

 

 

 

 

 

This man impersonating North Korea's Kim Jong-un also attended the closing ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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