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The Rio Olympics ended on Sunday with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, ushering in the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo.

The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana Stadium.

Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

“These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, said.

“Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life,” he added.

Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 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.He rose 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.

The closing ceremony featured the symbolic handover of the Olympic flag.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes returned it to IOC president Bach, before it was passed to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.

That was followed by an impressive 12-minute showcase of Tokyo, which included Prime Minister Abe’s star turn.

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<> at Future Arena on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike waves the Olympic flag as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (C) and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes look on, during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike waves the Olympic flag as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (C) and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes look on.

<> at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Samba dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics at Maracana Stadium on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Confetti flies through Maracana Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Fireworks soar above the Maracana Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The Rio Olympic Games wrapped up with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS)

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Athletes enter Maracana Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Photo taken from camera set up on stadium ceiling)(Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed up as Super Mario, makes an appearance during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Aug. 21, 2016. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed up as Super Mario, makes an appearance during the closing ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The Olympic Flame Extinguished

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Photo Credit: Getty Images Sport/Kyodo News/Mark Reis/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS

6 Comments

  1. Tosin

    August 22, 2016 at 10:16 am

    the photos are amazing!

    and the Games concluded without major mishap, alhamdulillah!

  2. Great Lady

    August 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    This is beautiful

  3. praizeblog.com

    August 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    nasoo ee take end loo

  4. ATL's finest

    August 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Mehn I can’t believe it’s OVER :(( amazing photos & with Mr. Bolt & Mr. Phelps gone for retirement, I eager to see who’s going to take WR off their ✋s & I will truly miss watching them. Deuces Rio & Toyko 2020.

    https://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Olympics-Closing-Ceremony17.jpg ( my favorite pix) look at that & how amazing they look to create that image.

    • aj

      August 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      some people said they became emotional when the Olympic flame got extinguished! LOL

  5. Prince

    August 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Amazing pictures!!!!

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