The bronze medal-winning wrestler Bajrang Punia led the Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony that was held in an empty Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Bajrang Punia was assigned as the flag bearer for India at the closing ceremony. The opening ceremony saw the Indian boxing icon Mary Kom and the men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh as the flag bearers.
The 2020 Tokyo Games were announced closed on Sunday by International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach, who named the delay of the Olympic games “the most challenging Olympic journey”
From the bottom of our hearts ❤️
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— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) August 8, 2021
“Now I have to mark the end of this most challenging Olympic journey to Tokyo. I declare the Games of the 32nd Olympiad closed,” said Thomas Bach
Earlier today, the Olympic flag was authorized to Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo for the 2024 Games at the Tokyo closing ceremony. As she received the flag from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, Mayor Hidalgo waved the flag that was decorated with the five Olympic rings.
Let's get it started!
Les Jeux Olympiques de #Paris2024 commencent !
Ouvrons ensemble un nouveau chapitre des Jeux.
Together, let’s write a new chapter of the Olympic Games.
— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) August 8, 2021
For India, the closing ceremony marked the end of what was an outstanding achievement by the athletes to help the country win a record seven medals. The most that India has ever won in a single Olympic campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken to Twitter to congratulate the Indian contingent for their brilliant and hard-fought success at the Olympics. He and later thanked the Government and the people of Japan. He spoke of the well-organised games and gave out a strong message of resilience.
As #Tokyo2020 draws to a close, I would like to congratulate the Indian contingent for their stupendous performance at the games. They personified the best of skill, teamwork and dedication. Every athlete who represented India is a champion.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 8, 2021