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October 22, 2021
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Paralympics Closing Ceremony

The 2016 Paralympics closed in style yesterday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio, Brazil.

The closing ceremony included a celebration of Brazilian music, the official transition to the 2020 Games in Tokyo, as well as a tribute to an Iranian cyclist, who died after a crash on Saturday.

Athletes were gathered in their seats as the Closing Ceremony began.

The ceremony began with a flash of colours to coincide with a trio of Brazilian guitarists, including Jonathan Bastos, who played with his feet, highlighting the diverse array of music in the country.

There was a special tribute to the Iranian Cyclist who passed away.

The closing ceremony acts as the transition to the next Summer Games.

First, the Paralympic flag was lowered, then passed from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, to IPC president Sir Philip Craven, and finally to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

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