The Rio Olympics 2016, which featured 11,303 athletes from 206 nations, and a refugee team, was officially terminated by Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee chief, who declared that the 31st Olympiad ended with the 16-day event was a success, in spite of all the general apprehensions.
A rain shower extinguished the Olympic flame, and a large tree sculpture symbolizing rebirth sprung from the spot.
The Olympic flag was symbolically handed over by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to Bach, who then gave it to Tokyo mayor Yuriko Koike. It was followed soon by the appearance of Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, out of a huge green pipe, dressed as Super Mario of the computer games.
Now that everything has concluded, and the 32nd Olympiad has begun, it remains to be seen what happens to the stadiums left behind. The architects have grand plans for these stadiums, which had led to the displacement of around 80,000 poor people for the purpose of their construction.
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