Colorful closing ceremony of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

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A general view of the fireworks during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. (Photo: Getty Images)
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NDO – The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially closed with a brief, simple but impressive closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on the evening of September 5.

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Colourful dances from the host country’s actors opened the closing ceremony under the theme of "Harmonious Cacophony" and "Moving Forward".

The Japanese flag was carried into the Olympic Stadium.

Fireworks lit up the Olympic Stadium at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The closing ceremony started with the story of a boy inspired by the Paralympic Effect after witnessing the Paralympic Games begin.

Athletes from countries and territories competing at Tokyo 2020 entered the field during the athlete parade.

Actors lined up to form the words "Thank you to all the Paralympians" during the flag procession and athlete parade.

More than 4,400 athletes from 162 countries and territories and a refugee sports delegation took part in Tokyo 2020. This was the biggest sports festival ever for athletes with disabilities.

Hosts Japan had a successful Games as they won a total of 51 medals, including 13 gold medals, ranking 11th overall in the medal tally.

Paralympic flag and Japanese flag during the closing ceremony.

The colourful closing ceremony with a modern light show.

A cityscape of modern Tokyo where differences shine.

Miraitowa and Someity – the mascots of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the closing ceremony.

The colourful Olympic Stadium.

After 12 days of exciting competition, the Paralympic flag was lowered at the closing ceremony and handed over to Paris – the host city for the next Paralympic Games in 2024.

Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, hands over the Paralympic flag to Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, during the closing ceremony. (Photo: International Paralympic Committee)

Dancers in colourful costumes at the closing ceremony.

The flame in the cauldron is extinguished, ending 12 exciting days of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

A special Paralympics in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has officially ended.

Thank you and goodbye, Tokyo! See you again in Paris 2024!

Photo: Tokyo 2020,
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